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Paulf | Tue, 03/13/2012 - 00:06 | Permalink

Andrew, great stuff. I think your critic gives away the game here when he says that since we know jesus is god incarnate, then surely Matthew is saying that. But if we don’t read the text with modern assumptions, then there is no reason to find divinity.

It’s like the passage in Mark in which Jesus says no one is good except the father. Taken at face value, one has no reason to conclude anything but that the author didn’t see Jesus as divine. But hermeneutics enables us to twist authorial intent.

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