These essays explore new methods and overlooked traditions
that appear to shed light on how the founders of the Christian movement
understood the older sacred tradition and sought new and creative ways to let
it speak to their own times.
Gurtner discusses the Matthean version of the temptation narrative. Chandler
investigates the exhortation to 'love your neighbour as yourself' from Lev.
19.18b. Talbot re-examines Jesus' offer of rest in Mt. 11.28-30. Myers explores
the ways Matthew's appeal to Isa. 42.1-4 in Mt. 12.17-21 affects the
characterization of Jesus in his Gospel. Hamilton explores 1 Enoch 6-11 as a
retelling of Genesis 3-6. Herzer seeks to explain varuiys aspects of Mt.
27.51b-53. McWhirter explores the citation of Exod 23.20, Mal. 3.1, and Isa. 40.3
in Mk 1.2-3. Hopkins investigates the manner in which Jesus engages questions
and persons regarding purity and impurity. Miller notes that victory songs are
a generally acknowledges category of Hebrew poetry. Gregerman argues that
studies of early Christian proselytism to Gentiles are largely focussed on
missionary methods of converts.