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This chapter evaluates arguments, beginning with the genealogy and then the Son of David controversy. Kingsbury and R. Pesch argue that the account of the virginal conception of Jesus (1:18,20) gives particular prominence to Jesus qua Son of God over Jesus Son of David. It is not unlikely, therefore, that the chapter informs Matthew's conception of the therapeutic Son of David. The chapter's depiction of shepherding is further supplemented by its condemnation of the shepherds of Israel. Suhl attempts to argue that the disciples' failure to join in the crowds' adulation indicates that the crowds' praise is inadequate. Two consequences follow from the observations above. The first is that the Son of David is the christological title that discloses Jesus' precise relation to the people of Israel. The second consequence concerns the crowds' understanding of Jesus as Son of David.

Keywords: Israel; Jesus; Kingsbury; Matthew; R. Pesch; shepherding; Son of David; Suhl



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