By Douglas R. A. Hare

It has lengthy been well-known that during the Gospel in accordance with St Matthew the clash among Jesus and the Pharisees has been intensified and it has frequently been steered that this intensification displays the continuing fight among the Church and the synagogue. The topic of Jewish persecution of Christians within the Gospel in keeping with St Matthew is tested during this ebook with questions in brain: 1. Has Matthew exaggerated the severity of the persecution? 2. How has the persecution stimulated Matthew's theology? Professor Hare examines the historic information with regards to the anguish imposed upon the Christians and refers to Rabbinic literature and Christian resources except Matthew in an effort to assessment Matthew's portrayal of the persecutions. He concludes that persecution was once directed basically opposed to Christian missionaries, now not opposed to rank-and-file Christians.

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