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    Matthew is writing for a Jewish congregation (followers of Jesus but entirely Jewish), and he makes the most of the prophetic fulfillment. It's also, though, why Matthew alone has the references to "the Jews" versus Jesus. Matthew's church is being excluded and is already seeing itself as "not those people." Consequently, Matthew's gospel is the one that has the crowd saying, explicitly, "On us and on our children be it" (the decision to crucify Jesus).

    Matthew is also the only source of the Magi and the Holy Innocents. Now, what can we gather from this? Most gather than Matthew was local -- that he was in or near Jerusalem, while Luke was obviously a globe trotter and John was remote in time and place.

    As for prostitution, simply read Hosea 1 and 2. Hosea is short, but you'll see that "whoredom" is a vexatious subject -- as it would be in the near east.

    (I was referring, though, to my man Richard Hooker, one of the butt-kickingest theologians ever. He opens by dismissing the Puritan Remonstrance with the words that anyone who goes around complaining about the government will always have an audience, but any man who wants to propose a new government will be strangely alone.

    Everyone's innocent of some crime.

    by The Geogre on Wed Nov 27, 2013 at 06:36:43 AM PST

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