David Meadland wrote:
>The tension between different passages in Matthew with regard to the gentiles
>is clear and not easy to resolve.
>With regard to 28.19f it is perhaps the triple formula which is the most
>suspect item. But suppose the rest stands. What then is the position of
>_these sentences_ in Matthew? Is it not admit the nations but teach them to
>observe _everything_ commanded. That hardly looks like something easy to
>fit with Paul and his friends. It does stay more in keeping with some of the
>earlier passages in Matthew.
There is hardly any question that Matthew is more
conservative as regards to the Law of Moses compared
to Paul. What I am not sure about though is if Matthew
was conservative enough to demand circumcision from
gentiles who wanted to join the Church.