Category Archives: Matthew

The Baptizer Beheaded at Esther’s Banquet

The Gospel of Mark includes a digression on the execution of John the Baptist, who was imprisoned by Herod Antipas for his incautious remarks about the king’s illicit marriage to his brother’s wife (Mk 6:16-18). Herod was reluctant to kill … Continue reading

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Matthew’s Earthquakes

Matthew, alone among the Evangelists, reports that at Jesus’ death, there was a great earthquake and that many who had died were suddenly raised to life (Matt 27:51-52). Indeed, Matthew has an unusual fascination with earthquakes: he reports three of them (8:24, … Continue reading

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Augustine, Text Critic

In his Harmony of the Gospels, Augustine spends a few paragraphs why Matthew would have referred a prophecy to Jeremiah that more properly ought to be attributed to Zechariah (cf. Matt 27:9). Like a good historical-critical NT scholar, he first considers … Continue reading

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