1. Sounds cool! The last time I attended SBL-AAR was in 1999. There were some sessions I really enjoyed (such as one in which a speaker said that the Suffering Servant was Jeremiah), and some that I didn’t enjoy as much. But the papers you listed sound consistently awesome.

    On Matthew’s use of Isaiah, I somewhat liked how William Albright and C.S. Mann addressed that issue: they argued that Matthew was familiar with the context of Isaiah 7:14, and that plays a role in the story that Matthew tells. I know Albright’s field wasn’t NT studies, and also I’m not sure how easy it is to verify that Matthew used the context of the passage. But I’d like to think that there’s more going on than Matthew quoting passages out of context.


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