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Messianic Prophecies

5. Matthew's Citations

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In this module, we look at the meaning of citations from the Old Testament in Matthew, focusing in particular on (i) the controversy over the virgin birth (ii) Matthew’s reference to the virgin birth and Immanuel from Isaiah (iii) the reason for Matthew doctoring a citation from Michah (iii) Matthew’s citation of Hosea as an explanation of the flight to Egypt and aspirations associated with Israel in Jesus.


In this course, Dr James Carleton Paget (University of Cambridge) explores Messianic Prophecies in the context of the New Testament. In the first module, we introduce the function of scriptural proofs, and important citations in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. In the second module, we examine the figure of the ‘suffering servant’ in Isaiah, potential allusions to the suffering servant in the Gospels, and whether such allusions are convincing. In the third module, we come to look at the son of David as a messianic figure and the identification of Jesus with David in the Gospels, before turning to debates concerning the messianic secret in the fourth module. In the fifth and final module, we examine some further citations from Matthew which inform his presentation of the person of Jesus.


James Carleton Paget is a lecturer in New Testament Studies at the University of Cambridge. His research interests are research interests in Jewish-Christian relations in antiquity, ancient Jewish Christianity, inter-testamental Judaism and the history of ancient biblical interpretation. His publications include Jews, Christians and Jewish Christians in Antiquity (2010) and The Epistle of Barnabas: Outlook and Background (1994)

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