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Interpreting the Temptation

What is the main issue in the Temptation narrative? Is it about Yeshua’s messianic mission? Or is it something else? Aside from the many connections to Moses’ and Israel’s story, the temptation account definitely has a message about Yeshua’s identity. Is it what people think? R.T. France in the New International Commentary on the New Testament series is most helpful. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Aims of Yeshua, Divinity of Yeshua, Identity of Yeshua, Temptation

Temptation, Moses, Wilderness

Matthew especially develops layers of symbolism, Yeshua as the New Moses and Yeshua as Ideal Israel. The temptation story (Matthew 4:1-11) is bursting with such symbolism. See Dale Allison, The New Moses: A Matthean Typology for details. The list of parallels is not only interesting, but a great clue to the meaning of the temptation story itself. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Background to Gospels, Ideal Israel Theme, Identity of Yeshua, New Moses Theme, Temptation