Isaiah 7:14 and Matthew

Jonathan D. safren yonsaf at
Mon Feb 5 07:47:11 EST 2001

Let me point out that in the 1st century CE (and before and afterwards, for
that matter), Jews did not distinguish between their nationality and their
(This can be regarded as a direct development of the ancient concept of
peoples with national gods)
Jews were also, then and throughout the centuries in their lands of
dispersion, considered a people by non-Jews as well.
It was only with the Jewish Enlightenment of the late 18th-early 19th
centuries that Jews strarted regarding themselves as "Germans/Frenchmen of
the Jewish Persuasion".
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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