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It's possible that both interpretations are in play and that the word pleion (translated "more") has a double meaning. Nolland (NIGTC) acknowledges: It is commonly taken to mean: 'life and body are greater than that which nurtures them physically; so, since God has given the greater, should we not have confidence that he will give the lesser?'1 So it ...


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It is an argument of "Greater Vs. Lesser" The Body is Greater than the clothing that covers it Life is more than Feasting it's not about that God gave us the Body and the Life, it is that He cares about the small things in our lives. He feeds and clothes the birds NIV Version Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or ...


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I suspect that lurking behind Piper's formulation is awareness of forms of rabbinic interpretation. The principle in question here is the so-called qal waŠł•omer, literally "the light and the weighty". This was the logical move either from greater to lesser (a majori ad minus) or vice-versa (a minori ad majus). This form of argument was accredited to Hillel, ...



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