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Planting Christian Trees In Jewish Soil

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This chapter shows how Matthew has done away with the Jewish messiah who is to redeem Israel from the Nations. In his place, he has provided a Christian messiah who is to redeem the disadvantaged and the gentiles from the Jewish leaders. The chapter takes note of Jewish rituals that look backward in order to look forward. The Passover seder rituals revolve around two poles. The first relates the Israelite experience of past slavery in Egypt. The second concerns the experience of Israel's future redemption from current persecutions. The chapter discusses Jesus' entry into Jerusalem in the midrashic contexts of the Ark's coming to Jerusalem and Sukkot. It also discusses that Matthew has painted the scenarios of gradual fulfillment of prophetic signs in the pre-Easter world to lead to a sudden eruption in the appearance of the messiah in some as yet undefined reality in the post-Easter world.

Keywords: Christian messiah; Jewish messiah; Matthew; Sukkot



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