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John 7:40-42

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Differing Opinions About Jesus

7:40 When they heard these words, some of the crowd 1  began to say, “This really 2  is the Prophet!” 3  7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ!” 4  But still others said, “No, 5  for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 6  7:42 Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant 7  of David 8  and comes from Bethlehem, 9  the village where David lived?” 10 

1 tn Or “The common people” (as opposed to the religious authorities like the chief priests and Pharisees).

2 tn Or “truly.”

3 sn The Prophet is a reference to the “prophet like Moses” of Deut 18:15, by this time an eschatological figure in popular belief.

4 tn Or “the Messiah” (Both Greek “Christ” and Hebrew and Aramaic “Messiah” mean “one who has been anointed”).

sn See the note on Christ in 1:20.

5 tn An initial negative reply (“No”) is suggested by the causal or explanatory γάρ (gar) which begins the clause.

6 tn Questions prefaced with μή (mh) in Greek anticipate a negative answer. This can sometimes be indicated by using a “tag” at the end in English (here the tag is “does he?”).

7 tn Grk “is from the seed” (an idiom for human descent).

8 sn An allusion to Ps 89:4.

9 sn An allusion to Mic 5:2.

map For location see Map5 B1; Map7 E2; Map8 E2; Map10 B4.

10 tn Grk “the village where David was.”



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