Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew

Jonathan D. safren yonsaf at
Mon Feb 5 01:47:12 EST 2001

The word "racial" has been used twice by Ian Hutchesson in two successive
postings concerning the Jewishness/non-Jewishness of Matthew.
Perhaps Ian would like to clarify what he means by "racial"? Is he referring
to some anthropological or other scientific or non-scientific definition?
Y-chromosome studies, perhaps? Clarification, please.
Jonathan D. Safren
Dept. of Biblical Studies
Beit Berl College
44905 Israel

----- Original Message -----
From: "Ian Hutchesson" <mc2499 at>
To: "Biblical Hebrew" <b-hebrew at>
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2001 6:44 AM
Subject: Re: Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew

> >Ian, if you want to disregard the strong and united, if I remember
> >correctly, testimony of the ancient Church that the apostle Matthew wrote
> >the Gospel of Matthew, then you are free to do so. Thanks for clarifying
> >the thinking of those who might consider the Gospel's author to be a
> >Gentile.
> Dear Harold,
> I haven't taken a position on Matthew's racial heritage, though I doubt if
> there was a single author to the gospel as you seem to believe.
> I still don't think it is subject material for the b-hebrew list.
> Ian
> ------------------
> This is what Papias said:
> Matthew put together the oracles [of the Lord] in the Hebrew language, and
> each one interpreted them as best he could.
> Eusebius H.E. III.39.14
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