Bible Notes

[The Biblical citations given in the Christian Science Quarterly are from the Authorized King James Version. The Bible Notes in these columns can be used, if deemed necessary, to elucidate some of the words or passages contained in the Bible Lessons. The Notes in this issue are related to the Lesson-Sermon designated to be read in Christian Science churches on October 18, 1942.]

"We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Col. 1:3)—As this rendering stands, it might be understood as bringing out a distinction between "God" and "the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ;" but an examination of the Greek original suggests that no such distinction was intended by the apostle. A number of early manuscripts simply omit altogether the word translated "and"; while, if it is retained, it can justly be rendered "even." Moffatt suggests: "We always thank the God and Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ." and the Twentieth Century New Testament: "We never fail to thank God, the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ."

In an article which appeared in...
October 3, 1942

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