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Matthew's Old Testament Passages in the Christmas Story: Jesus as a Nazarene

The last couple of posts have sought to explain how Matthew uses references to Hosea 12 and Jeremiah 31 in the infancy story of Jesus in Matthew 2. There is one final place in the chapter in which Matthew says that something about Jesus’s early life “fulfills” what was spoken...

Matthew's Old Testament Passages in the Christmas Story: Jeremiah 31

In the last two posts, we have seen that Matthew refers to Isaiah 7 and Hosea 12 in his telling the story of Jesus’s birth and childhood, saying that something happens that “fulfills” these passages from the prophets. The next time Matthew refers to something being fulfilled is...

Matthew's Old Testament Passages in the Christmas Story: Hosea 12

In last week’s post I noted that there are four places in the opening chapters of the Gospel of Matthew that speak about the birth and infancy of Jesus in which Matthew tells us that something happened to fulfill a prophecy in the Old Testament, but it is not always clear how they referred...

Matthew's Old Testament Passages in the Christmas Story: Isaiah 7

As we move toward Christmas, we are likely to read and reflect on the Christmas story and the details recounted in Matthew 1 & 2 and Luke 1 & 2 (Jesus’s birth is not recorded in Mark and John). In these chapters we read how Jesus fulfilled various Old Testament prophecies. Matthew...