On a basic level, Matthew’s prologue (1.1–4.16) simply introduces his story of Jesus. But at a deeper level, the prologue is a carefully crafted text that highlights two key Christological themes—sovereignty and submission…—that bracket the book.
Notes on Matthew
“For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one” Hebrews 2.11
And well may God with the serving-folk
Cast in His dreadful lot;
Is not He too a servant,
And is not He …
As I outline it, the prologue to Matthew’s Gospel (1.1–4.16) falls into two parts (1.1–2.23, 3.1–4.16), which are separated by a nearly 30-year gap. Characteristic of the prologue is Matthew’s use of certain signals …to introduce his themes.
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