Lechem Chuki: Our Daily Bread

As we mentioned before, people have long puzzled over the line in the Lord’s Prayer “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). The surviving gospels, all in Greek, have the unknown word επιουσιαν, a coinage of the evangelists. Jesus would have been speaking Aramaic or Hebrew and Matthew’s gospel was originally written in Hebrew. What might he have actually said?

One possible explanation is given by the website Hebrew4christians. They suggest that the phrase daily bread is lechum chuki, which is found in Proverbs 30:8. (Only the NIV actually translates this as daily bread). The meaning here is the bare necessities, the food one needs to survive – be it physical or spiritual.


~ by scalambra on February 7, 2012.

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