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The Torah in Matthew: Still valid, yet to be interpreted alternatively

Francois P. Viljoen
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 3 | a2036 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i3.2036 | © 2016 Francois P. Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 22 August 2015 | Published: 15 July 2016

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Francois P. Viljoen, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa


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Abstract

It seems that Matthew intentionally emphasises the importance of the Torah for his community. He highlights Jesus’ high regard for the continuing validity of the Torah. However, he demonstrates that Jesus interpreted the Torah differently from Judaist groups of those times. The intention of this article is to demonstrate this significant role of the Torah in the first Gospel. It is argued that the Torah holds a central position in Matthew and that the Torah continues to remain valid, but that Jesus teaches and enacts an alternative interpretation of the Torah.

Keywords: Torah, Law, Matthew, Sermon on the Mount


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