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Title: And Lead Us Not into Temptation
Author(s): FITZMYER, Joseph A.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 84    Issue: 2   Date: 2003   
Pages: 259-273
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.84.2.3194471

Abstract :
The sixth petition of the 'Our Father' has been translated in various ways across the centuries. This article discusses its literal meaning and the permissive paraphrases of it, explaining the sense of 'temptation' and God’s activity in 'leading' into it, as well as the various subterfuges adopted to avoid the obvious meaning of the Greek formulation, including its supposed Aramaic substratum. It concludes with a pastoral explanation of the petition.

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