Praying Like Gentiles

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What can Jesus' warnings against praying like Gentiles teach us about Jesus' relationship to Second Temple Judaism and his attitude toward non-Jews?

Matt. 6:7-8
(Huck 29; Aland 62; Crook 42)[1]

Revised: 4 July 2022

וּבַתְּפִלָּה אַל תְּפַטְפְּטוּ כַּגּוֹיִם שֶׁהֶם סְבוּרִים שֶׁבְּרֹב דִּבְרֵיהֶם יִשָּׁמְעוּ אַל תִּהְיוּ כָּהֵם כִּי יָדַע אֲבִיכֶם אֵי זֶה צוֹרֶךְ יֵשׁ לָכֶם לִפְנֵי שֶׁאַתֶּם שׁוֹאֲלִים מִמֶּנּוּ

“And don’t blather while you pray as the Gentiles do, since they believe that by uttering pre-formulated incantations their prayers will be granted. So don’t imitate them, for your father knows what you need even before you ask him.”[2]


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