Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

"The Spirit Is Willing, But The Flesh Is Weak" (Mark 14:38b And Matt. 26:41b)

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The grammatical formulation of the dominical proverb ("the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak") is unusual in the New Testament and early Christian literature. The dominical proverb preserved in Mark 14:38b and Matthew 26:41b reflects a meristic anthropological perspective in which the two basic constituents of the human person are conceptualized in terms of spirit and flesh. The Greek style of the dominical proverb argues against an Aramaic origin. Further the fact that the terms "spirit" and "flesh", understood as the two basic and contrastive elements that constitute the human person, has relatively close analogies in Judaism and the early church suggests that the dominical saying cannot be regarded as an authentic saying of Jesus. There is no compelling evidence that either saying could have been derived from Hellenistic anthropology or aphoristic discourse.

Keywords: dominical proverb; flesh; Hellenistic anthropology; Judaism; Mark; Matthew; spirit



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Reading Religions in the Ancient World — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation