Review of “The Case Against Miracles”, Part 10b: Matthew the Evangelist, Cherry Picker Extraordinaire, Hosea 11

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The holy family flees to Egypt (told only in the Gospel of Matthew)

 

When Israel was a child, I loved him,
    and out of Egypt I called my son.
The more I[a] called them,
    the more they went from me;[b]
they kept sacrificing to the Baals,
    and offering incense to idols.

–Hosea 11:1-2

Hosea 11:1a makes it clear that “my son” in 11:1b is a collective reference to Israel.  Quoting the whole verse would wreck the correlation to Jesus.  This is doubly true for the next verse.  Not only does that verse refer to the Israelites in the plural, it also speaks of their idolatry.  Both features of that verse make it impossible for Matthew to read Jesus into it.

–Robert Miller, The Case Against Miracles, p. 261-262

The Case Against Miracles

 

 

 

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