Ancient biographies could open with the subject's public vocation, as in Mark, but often began by rehearsing the background of the central character... View the entire commentary
History and the Mixed-Race Messiah
Matthew opens his Gospel by showing that Jesus is part of Israel's history-as well as part of God's plan for the mission to the Gentiles, a plan already implied in that history... View the entire commentary
Jesus Is Son of David and Son of Abraham
First Matthew calls Jesus son of David, a title of the rightful heir to Israel's throne (as in Jer 23:5; 33:15; Ps... View the entire commentary
Jesus Is the Goal and Climax of Israel's History.
As important as Jesus' familial background may have been, that was not quite what a reader who read the genealogy would emphasize (see 1:18-25)... View the entire commentary
Accounts of Jesus' Childhood
Matthew's accounts of Jesus' childhood set the stage for Jesus' ministry depicted in the rest of the Gospel, "defining his origin and goal" (Meier 1980:1-2)... View the entire commentary
When a Virgin Gave Birth
If the genealogy indicates that Joseph descended from King David, this narrative explains in what sense this son of David (1:20) became Jesus' legal father by adoption... View the entire commentary
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