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Jesus, Christ, Matthew, Sonship, Testing, Temptation, apotropaism, Dead Sea Scrolls, Textual Criticism, Inter-textuality.


This article will seek to interpret Matthew 4:1-11, commonly referred to as the “temptation account” by taking into consideration issues from Old Testament Textual Criticism, the Dead Sea Scrolls, Historical and social contexts, as well as theory on inter-textuality. This article will seek to show how Jesus is seeking to prove his Divine Sonship through creating a comparison between himself and the Second Generation of Israel who inherited the Promised Land after their parents’ failures despite satanic harassment. This will be accomplished through an examination of Matthew’s main argument for the book, and move towards grammatical and syntactical issues within the text of Matthew before proceeding to issues involved with the Dead Sea Scrolls, apotropaism, and intertextuality. It is the author’s hope that after an examination of this article that the reader might come to a fuller understanding of how one can know that Jesus has divine prerogatives at his disposal, but that He can be trusted to use those prerogatives in a way that is pleasing to the Father.



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