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Question and Answer

In Matthew 22:37 the word strength is dropped from the list that includes heart, soul, and mind in Mark 12:30 and Luke 10:27. It seems to me that all four are important to make it a complete picture. Do you have any thoughts on why Matthew didn’t include all four?
The answer to this question, in this case, might be simple. The omission of the word strength in Matthew 22:37 is most likely the result of what is called authorial variation, meaning each author—within the boundaries of what God had to say—could write with his own voice and make certain choices in language and detail. Matthew might have felt that the notion of strength was included in the other three parallel words. While Scripture was fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, it was transmitted through human authors who showed their God-given individuality in their distinctive styles and emphases, adding to the beauty and interest of reading the texts of the books of the Bible.

BY Dr. Rosalie de Rosset

Dr. Rosalie de Rosset has been teaching at Moody Bible Institute in the Communications Department for over five decades. She is occasionally featured on Moody Radio. Rosalie is a published author, respected speaker, and talented writer. She lives on the northside of Chicago, a city she enjoys for its natural beauty and multi-faceted art offerings.

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