In die Skriflig
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ALLISON, Dale C.. The history of the interpretation of Matthew: Lessons learned. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.1, pp.1-13. ISSN 2305-0853. http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/IDS.v49i1.1879.
Scholars pay attention to the history of interpretation of biblical texts and of their reception for multiple good reasons. This essay urges that, in addition to the reasons typically offered, careful Wirkungsgeschichte can sometimes bring to light credible exegetical and historical proposals that were once in the commentary tradition but dropped out for no apparent or good reason. Such proposals need to be restored to the tradition. I shall offer several illustrations, including the old association of Matthew 5:21-26 with the sacrifice of Cain and Abel and the ancient linking of Matthew 9:20-21 and 14:36 with the prophecy of Malachi 4:2 ('The Son of Righteousness will arise with healing in his wings'). The article also, however, draws attention to some of the limitations of Wirkungsgeschichte for historical exegesis.