The Word ‘Rabbi’ Rule
E J @ I have an honest question. Based on the passage Matthew 23:8 is it wrong to call a man rabbi or am I not understanding the translation?
I know there are a segment in our society that love to major in the minors – I don’t usually go there – but since you asked.
Mt 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Messiah; and all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven.
Interesting you focus on v:8 and not v:9 ???
Do you call or have you called your DNA donor Father – of course you do – we all have
And – What of Com’dt #5? – Houston we have a problem
Ex 20:12 ¶ Honour thy *father* and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which YHWH thy Elohim giveth thee.
‘And’ reveals that v:9 carries as much weight as v:8
If you are calling some guy ‘Father’ other than your father as some sort of deeply devoted honor (inclusive of cult) title this ought not to be
The same with Rabbi There is a difference between what is a Rabbi (Teacher) and what is Rabbinics (the sum total body of compiled subjective and interpreted teaching assertions)
There is a difference between what is a ‘Beit Den’ sanctioned Levite usurping – Torah ignoring Rabbi inducted into the Rabbinic community and what is a Rabbi merely meaning Teacher.
You need to distinguish the difference – If you can’t for conscience sake you should abstain – but realize you can’t pick and choose – Father / Rabbi – No difference; and consider Adonai usually denotes deity – but not always – Abraham was called Adonai Gen 18:12 as well as others
So if your goal is to head up and enforce a lockstep keep away from the word ‘Rabbi’ rule you need to do the same with the word ‘Father’ or risk being shown as dishonest.