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Endurance Unto Death: The Paschal Passion Of The Beloved Son

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The Matthean Model Reader has encountered significant evidence that the Gospel intends the evocation of the figure of Isaac. Prior to the Lord's Supper, the Model Reader has perceived much that indicates Jesus is a new Isaac: Jesus is the obedient beloved Son who will readily endure the sacrificial death ordained for him by his Father. Thus, the Model Reader finds it significant that Jesus' death will occur at the Passover festival and that Jesus interprets his death using sacrificial language at the Passover meal. This chapter examines (1) the general phenomenon of Jesus' unyielding obedience and actual control of events in the Matthean Passion Narrative; (2) the association of Jesus' sacrificial death with Passover; and (3) the significant allusions to Genesis 22 and thematic coherence with the Akedah in the Matthean Gethsemane and arrest sequence.

Keywords: Akedah; beloved Son; Genesis; Gethsemane; Gospel; Isaac; Jesus; Matthean passion; Passover; sacrificial death



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