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Fulfilled through the prophets

Paul R. McCuistion
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 50, No 4 | a2041 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v50i4.2041 | © 2016 Paul R. McCuistion | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 September 2015 | Published: 29 July 2016

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Paul R. McCuistion, Department of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, United States

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Matthew’s use of plēróō to contextualise the Hebrew prophets validates his thesis that Jesus is the Christ, son of David, son of Abraham (1:1).1 To demonstrate this concept, this article examines seven of Matthew’s fulfilment statements (1:22; 2:15; 2:17–18; 4:14–16; 8:17; 12:17–21; 21:4–5) introduced by a varied formula of fulfilled through the prophet(s). The article emphasises the Christological element of Matthew’s thesis, focusing on Jesus as the Messiah. This is accomplished by means of a critical review of seven fulfilment statements, identifying their Christological context to support Matthew’s thesis.


Matthew; Fulfilment; Prophets; Isaiah; Jeremiah; Hosea; Zechariah


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