‘DECLARATIVE KNOW’ IN THE BIBLE


But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. – Mark 13:32

This passage is usually explained as Jesus in His humanity having limited His omniscience (via kenosis).

However, an alternative explanation is that ‘know’ here is the declarative meaning – in the context of the passage, Jesus as the bridegroom will be going back home to His Father’s house to prepare a room for His bride the church, and on the wedding day will return to claim His bride. In Jewish marriage traditions, it is the sole right of the father to decide which date the wedding day will be.

Hence Jesus is not admitting lack of knowledge, but rather that the pregorative to decide the day of His return is with the Father.

Other NT and OT uses of this kind of ‘know’:

For I decided to know [declare] nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. – 1 Corinthians 2:2

Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children [literal Hebrew: ‘know/yada (Strong’s 3045) your children’] and your children’s children – Deuteronomy 4:9

Kudos to Anthony Rogers at 1:44:29 of this debate:

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