Matthew Tag

One of my commenters has asked an excellent question about Matthew 28:1 (and several other verses), centering on the fact that the Greek word σάββατoν (sabbaton, "Sabbath" or "week"), which occurs twice in the verse, is translated differently each time. He observes that the same...

Michael Barber over at the Sacred Page has brought up an old interpretive question of why Joseph, upon learning of Mary's pregnancy, wanted to "send Mary away quietly," not wanting to publicly shame her, asking whether Joseph actually thought the conception was the result of...

Mark Goodacre has posted an interesting piece, considering whether much of Matthew's redaction of Mark could be seen as "an attempt to fix some of the potentially troubling ideas and implications in Mark." He pushes forward three examples: the question of Jesus' father, Jesus' baptism...

My historical Jesus course just finished going through the four canonical gospels in sequence (Mark, Matthew, Luke, John). I thought a couple of my students' observations on Luke (and its relationship to the other Synoptics) were especially noteworthy. First, as one of the (admittedly weaker) arguments...

*If new to this series, please see the introduction.* Matthew 5:27–28: Ἠκούσατε ὅτι ἐρρέθη· οὐ μοιχεύσεις. ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν ὅτι πᾶς ὁ βλέπων γυναῖκα πρὸς τὸ ἐπιθυμῆσαι αὐτὴν ἤδη ἐμοίχευσεν αὐτὴν ἐν τῇ καρδίᾳ αὐτοῦ. "You heard it was said, 'Do not commit adultery,' but I...