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The Fate Of The Figure Of Isaac In The Gospel Of Matthew

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The Matthean Jesus and the Isaac of Jewish Scripture and tradition resemble each other to a remarkable degree: both are promised children conceived under extraordinary circumstances, beloved sons who go obediently and willingly to their redemptive deaths at the hands of their respective fathers at the season of Passover. This chapter suggests that the Gospel of Matthew evokes the figure of Isaac but that scholars often overlook and underestimate his role for four chief reasons. First, scholars have neglected the narrative dynamics of the Gospel. Second, scholars have neglected extrabiblical traditions of the Akedah in the encyclopedia of Jewish culture. Third, confusion surrounds issues of the definition of the Akedah and the dating of significant aspects thereof. Fourth, scholars have neglected the phenomenon of Matthean allusion, through which alone references to Isaac are mediated.

Keywords: Akedah; biblical traditions; Gospel of Matthew; Isaac; Jesus; Jewish scripture; Matthean; Passover



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