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It makes me wonder if we’ve abandoned the medieval hermeneutic to frivolously. If the text, precisely because of what it historically means, has significance beyond that meaning, but perhaps still intended by the author (certainly by the canonical collectors) it seems that we need more than the “literal-historical” sense as a matter of simple deduction.

That’s not meant to be a weird hobby-horse, but rather a reflection on the fact that A) Matthew’s gospel is a chronicle of the life of Jesus and his significance for Israel and B) a discipleship manual.

Thank you.