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[Synoptic-L] the occasion of the demand for a sign in Matt. 16:1

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  • Jeffrey B. Gibson
    With apologies for cross posting. Matthew presents the feeding of the 4000 (Matt. 15:32-39) as the occasion of his second account of the story of a demand for
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 14, 2004
      With apologies for cross posting.

      Matthew presents the feeding of the 4000 (Matt. 15:32-39) as the
      occasion of his second account of the story of a demand for a sign
      (Matt. 16:1-4; cf. Matt 12:38-39). What is the scholarly consensus
      nowadays regarding Matthew's assumptions about the ethnicity of the
      4000? Is it that they are Gentiles? If so, what evidence is pointed to
      as supporting this contention? I note, for starters, that the stories
      which immediately precede that feeding of the 400 seem to locate Jesus
      in Gentile territory and have him healing at least one Gentile. Then
      there's the curious fact that those who witness Jesus' healings of "the
      lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb that they have brought out to him,
      give glory to "the God of Israel" when they saw the cures that Jesus
      wrought, which would seem to indicate that they and those whom Jesus
      heals are not Jews. Anything else?

      Thanks in advance.

      Yours,

      Jeffrey

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      Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon.)

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