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Thursday, November 4th, 2010

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[Jesus and the Gospels] 10. The Gospel of Matthew
Prof argued that one of the primary elements Matthew uses is "inclusions" (which I would call "bracketing" -- something that shows up at the beginning and the end, either of the Gospel or of a particular segment).
My favorite:
[beginning] "...and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God is with us." (2:23, NRSV)
[final verse in the book] "...I am with you always, to the end of the age." (28:20, NRSV)
Prof. also argues that the titles "Son of Man," "Son of David," and "King of the Jews" are all shown to be false -- Jesus' true dignity is "Son of God" (which shows up at Baptism, Transfiguration, and Passion ... as it did in Mark; but interestingly, in Matthew, the Baptismal proclamation is to all gathered, not just to Jesus as it is in Mark).
"I am not certified to work with chickens."
File under: "Shit my housemate says on the radio" ;)


In other news, status.livejournal.org informs me:
We've received several reports about missing keywords, memories, or tags. Developers are currently in the process of investigating this issue. While we have not yet identified the cause, they believe that the data can be recovered. Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for the inconvenience.
Status Updated: 1:43 am GMT (Friday, November 5)
I'm glad it's not just me.

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