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Conclusions And Reflections On The Gospel Of Matthew And The Figure Of Isaac

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This is the conclusion chapter of the book, which demonstrate that the figure of Isaac plays a substantive role in the Gospel of Matthew, that Isaac is there, waiting to be perceived and appreciated by those with the eyes to see the allusions in the text of the Gospel and ears to hear the echoes of Scripture and tradition produced thereby. On the basis of available documents, one may conclude that at least five aspects of the Akedah were present in the encyclopedia in which the Gospel of Matthew was composed, available for appropriation and appreciation: (1) an emphasis on Isaac's explicit willingness and active obedience; (2) an association of the Akedah with the site of the temple mount in Jerusalem; (3) an association of the Akedah with Passover; (4) various soteriological implications (blessing, election, expiation, exemplarism); and (5) the development of apocalyptic and theophanic elements.

Keywords: Akedah; apocalyptic; Gospel of Matthew; Isaac; obedience; Passover; soteriological implications; temple mount; theophanic elements



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