Saturday 5 September 2015

Robert Plummer on Matthew 28:19

In Matthew 28:19, does Jesus command his disciples, ‘Go, and make disciples’ or ‘As you are going, make disciples’?

For his weekend edition of Daily Dose of Greek, Robert Plummer explores an example from David A. Croteau’s recently-published, Urban Legends of the New Testament: 40 Common Misconceptions (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2015), in this case the legend that ‘“Go” is Not a Command in the Great Commission’.

The upshot is that while ‘make disciples’ is the stand-out imperative in the verse, the participle ‘go’ (along with ‘baptising’ and ‘teaching’) still carries an imperatival sense.

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