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An Exploration Of The Wisdom Of Solomon As The Missing Link Between Isaiah And Matthew

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This chapter focuses on the sentence added by Matthew to the Markan source. It explores further the idea advanced by Senior that Matt 27:43 is composed of material from Wisd 2:18. The chapter examines that Matthew found his inspiration for the additional line of mockery in the Book of Isaiah, as he did earlier, that is, not in a revised Old Greek text of Isaiah, but in the re-interpreted Isaiah text as found in Wisd 2:18. In the Hebrew text, the servant brings justice to the nations. The servant, however, is certainly not Jacob/Israel, but another person, possibly the pagan Cyrus who would later help Israel. The link between the servant and righteousness is then further developed by the author of the Wisdom of Solomon who reflects on the child of God as the righteous one - a child, who will be helped by God.

Keywords: Book of Isaiah; Hebrew text; Matthew source; old Greek text; Wisdom of Solomon



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