June 28, 2008

Gospel Strategy (?)

Two similar things, that may be related: (1) The “teachings only” crowd was basically trying to separate the Lord’s teachings from the Lord’s actual life. (2) To a large degree, Matthew just happened to separate his Gospel's material into sections of Jesus' teachings and sections of Jesus' life events.

QUESTION: Did Matthew deliberately play to the mindset of the teachings only crowd, by arranging his content in a way that he hoped would strategically help win them over to a deeper acceptance of Christ himself? [Note: All this is assuming a context of late 50's early 60's AD, in line with the brainstorming of recent posts.]

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