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#1 Dan Francis

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Posted Yesterday, 03:49 PM

Moving this to it;s own thread, I will do what I can to solve this mystery... If there is some log report I can upload I will happily do it.


I am on a mac... Acc. 11.0.8/ OS 10.11...


The “poor” of Jesus’ original pronouncement of blessing, preserved by Q and Luke, not only refers to literal poverty, but also connotes the lack of arrogance and sense of one’s own need. Luke’s beatitudes emphasize the literal, economic dimension. Matthew’s addition of “in spirit” shifts the emphasis, but does not exclude literal poverty. (Cf. the similar addition of “for righteousness” to “hunger” in 5:6.) These changes ought not to be too quickly considered a “spiritualization” on Matthew’s part, as though he were not interested in the literally poor (cf. 11:5; 25:31–46). From the time of the composition of the Psalms, “the poor” had been understood as a characterization of the true people of God, those who know their lives are not in their own control and that they are dependent on God. “Poor in spirit” makes this explicit. Persons who are pronounced blessed are not those who claim a robust ego and strong sense of self-worth, but those whose only identity and security is in God. Their identity is not in what they know, but in having a certain (poverty of) spirit. The exact phrase “poor in spirit” was not found in any extant Jewish literature until it emerged in the Dead Sea Scrolls of the Qumran community (1QM 14:7), which understood itself as the remnant, the true people of God over against the Jerusalem hierarchy. What is at stake in the phrase for both Qumran and Matthew is neither economics nor spirituality, but the identity of the people of God—a Matthean theme (1:21).

M. Eugene Boring, “The Gospel of Matthew,” in General Articles on the New Testament; Matthew-Mark, vol. 8 of The New Interpreter’s Bible. Accordance electronic ed. (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1995), n.p.
I see the same thing in NIB, even though I know this use to work fine. I personally am not overly concerned with page numbers, but I am not sure why I am getting these results.

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