Posted by: mattcolvin | November 29, 2011

Matthew 13:51-52 – Treasures Old and New


Wednesday of the first week of Advent: Matthew 13:44-58.

51 Jesus said to them,“Have you understood all these things?”
They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”
52 Then He said to them, “Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old.” (Matthew 13:51=52

I have never understood this comparison. The verb ἐκβάλλει is not the one I would have expected for “brings out” (that would be προφέρει or something like that). The verb ἐκβάλλω is usually used for ejecting unwanted things, rather than for bringing out wanted things.

As for “things old and things new”, some of the church fathers take it to mean the Old Testament scriptures and the New Testament scriptures — seizing upon the fact that the comparison concerns “every scribe instructed”. But I have a hard time seeing this as contextually possible, since no Jew, not even the apostle Paul, operated with a distinction of Old scriptures vs. New scriptures.


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