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DeSilva points out that there is no single unchallenged text for Sacred Scripture. What is used, he labels “eclectic,” by which he means what is considered the best way to solve discrepancies between texts. DeSilva chooses to concentrate on the Sinaiticus Text, as if it were unchallenged by other texts. DeSilva then compares the Sinaiticus Text with similar Greek writings to conclude that there is a relationship specifically between 2 Maccabees 7:14 and Greek standards of virtue.
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 (15b)
Raabe makes the point that violence is not an option for the psalmist. The psalmist leaves violence and retribution to God.
Alleluia: Revelation 1:5a, 6b
Gospel: Luke 20:27-38
Elbert observes that Luke explains this question from the Sadducees by Jesus saying that the wife is already dead, before presenting the question, about whose wife she will be in the afterlife.
Luke writes, “They can no longer die, for they are like angels.” Barker comments, “One of the secrets of the holy of holies was resurrection, the state beyond time and matter, and so Jesus described the resurrected as sons of God, angles (Luke 20:36).” Barker goes on, “There may even have been the question of celibacy: Jesus’ definition of angels, that they do not marry because they are resurrected and are sons of God (Luke 20:35-36), must be relevant to the Christians’ understanding of themselves as the new angel priesthood.”
For more on sources see the Appendix file. Personal Notes are on the web site at www.western-civilization.com/CBQ/Personal%20Notes.