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Reactions in Early Christianity to Some References to the Hebrew Prophets in Matthew's Gospel

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  27 March 2008

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Ascribing inspiration to the composition and canonisation of the NT did not exempt it from the flux of history. Its contents were variously copied, quoted and interpreted. For example, early-church responses to Matthew's use of some of the OT prophets illustrate the freedom with which perhaps the most Jewish of the evangelists, having appropriated some of Judaism's greatest figures, was in turn appropriated by early Christianity, how also he was read by pagans and Jews, and how all, in good faith or not, sought to expose or defend or correct what readers thought to be its problems.

2008 Cambridge University Press

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I am grateful to audiences at Leeds and Durham, and to the editor and her reader for their helpful comments.