And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)Matthew 26:57-68.
(See on Mr 14:53-63; Joh 18:19, &c.; and Lu 22:55-62.)See Poole on "Luke 22:66"
what need we any further witness? or give any further trouble in getting witnesses, and hearing them:
for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth: his blasphemy, and what amounts to a sufficient charge of that kind; upon which they all pronounced him worthy of death, and determined to deliver him into the hands of Pilate the Roman governor, in order to pass sentence on him, and put him to death.And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 22:71. μαρτυρίας: instead of μαρτύρων, no mention having been previously made of witnesses.
J. Weiss (in Meyer, eighth edition) finds in this section clear evidence of the use of a Jewish-Christian source from the correspondence between the account it gives of the questions put to Jesus and His replies and the Jewish-Christian ideas regarding the Messiahship. These he conceives to have been as follows: In His earthly state Jesus was not Messiah or Son of Man; only a claimant to these honours. He became both in the state of exaltation (cf. Acts 2:36 : “God hath made Him both Lord and Christ”). He was God’s Son in the earthly state because He was conscious of God’s peculiar love and of a Messianic commission. So here: Jesus is to become (ἔσται) Messianic Son of Man with glory and power (δόξα and δύναμις); He is Son of God (ἐγώ εἰμι). On this view Sonship is lower than Christhood. Was that Lk.’s idea? On the contrary, he evidently treats the Christ question as one of subordinate importance on which it was hardly worth debating. The wider, larger question was that as to Sonship, which, once settled, settled also the narrower question. If Son, then Christ and more: not only the Jewish Messiah, but Saviour of the world. The account of the trial runs on the same lines as the genealogy, in which Davidic descent is dwarfed into insignificance by Divine descent (υἱὸς … τοῦ θεοῦ).
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