Nicholas Wolterstorff :: Righteousness or Justice?

  • “Put your head to it,” Dr. Nicholas Wolterstorff says of understanding the Greek word “dikaios.” The word, translated into English, is either righteousness or justice. Unfortunately, as in Matthew 5:10, the translation is often out of context, and would be better rendered “Blessed are those who are persecuted for justice’s sake (for fighting injustice).” Wolterstorff first became interested in the variances in righteousness or justice after reading Plato’s Republic. In the New Testament, there appears to be a “spiritualizing at work” where dikaios is concerned, and Wolterstorff has found a pattern in the translators’ word choice.

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    • Matt 5:10
    • Plato’s Republic

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