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Bibil Identifier bibil:221454
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Contested Paternity and Contested Readings: Jesus' Conception in Matthew 1.18-25
Author Lincoln, Andrew T.
Journal Journal for the Study of the New Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 211-231 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Some recent readings of Matthew’s account of Jesus’ conception have questioned whether it would have been originally understood in the way it has traditionally been interpreted, namely, as a miraculous divine act in which there was no human male agency. This article presents their case in regard to how the language of ‘begotten by the holy Spirit’ (1.18, 20) would have been understood in a Jewish context, whether Matthew changes the force of παρθένος in his citation of LXX Isa. 7.14 (1.23) and what the reference to Joseph’s abstinence from intercourse with Mary until after the birth (1.25) might signify. It asks whether the traditional or revised reading fits better in its Matthean context and what light might be shed on each by Matthew’s use of tradition. It revisits the use of LXX Isa. 7.14 and the interpretation of ‘begotten by the holy Spirit’ in a Jewish context, before assessing the rival readings in the light of ancient views of procreation and conception and of the story’s apparent apologetic features. Finally, the article provides brief reflection on how this contest of readings might be adjudicated.
DOI 10.1177/0142064X11435042
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Virgin Conception
Pericopes Matthew 1,18-1,25
Isaiah 7,14
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