There was only one chronological generation of Nineveh that heard the preaching of Jonah, just as there was only one chronological generation of Israel what was personally preached to by the Lord Jesus Christ. The parallel Jesus was making is unmistakable and renders your alternative interpretation unsupportable.
You have to deny the plain words of the Bible to come to some other conclusion on the meaning of this generation.
The Jews are not an evil people group, which is the way you are forced to interpret Matt. 12:39.
Gentlemen, I don’t argue that generation cannot refer to a “people group,” as I think it does in every case. However, “this generation” refers to the “people group” of the context (the Jews in Matthew) all living at the same time.
The dictionaries say that the adjective “this” refers to something NEAR in time or place, as opposed to something far away.
Jesus didn’t give the day nor hour of his return, but he did say it would occur in his generation.
Let the casual reader notice that we’re not arguing about what the Bible says here. Westbrook and I agree on what Jesus said. We don’t agree on the meaning of the term “this” in Mt. 24.34, tho we do agree on the other four times it’s used in Matthew.
Thanks for your responses, gentlemen.
> The Jews are not an evil people group
Not any more so than we are.
Jesus referred to them, and by extension to all mankind, as evil. A “wicked and perverse generation”, is among the epithets He used, as well as “generation of vipers.”
Are you straight-jacketed by a systematic theology that requires you to believe something happened that plainly has not yet happened?
Or do you have an open enough mind to say, “Well, I don’t really *KNOW* for sure what that means, because the Holy Spirit has not revealed it to me, but here’s what I think.”?