Saturday, July 9, 2011

Yale Open Course: New Testament 7

In lecture seven, the prof talks about the Gospel of Matthew.
  • Matthew is the most Jewish, yet has been used as motivation for much anti-semetism
  • Redaction criticism is used to compare the passages that occur in multiple gospels
  • Prof says that Matthew was written after 70 CE.  I'm not sure why.  He said Mark was written before 70 CE.  Perhaps the difference is because Matthew emphasizes more than Mark the need to "watch" and remain faithful through the hard times, even though Jesus hadn't come back yet.
  • Says that author of Matthew thinks gentiles should keep Torah

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