The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert

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The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert 

Exegetical Study of Matthew 4:1 – 11

By Simon Brummer (MDiv)

In the New Testament, there are many clear references to the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). These references come in the form of direct quotations or allusions to certain verses and stories. Some of them, however, are not as visible to readers as others. One example of a less apparent reference to an important event that is described in the Hebrew Bible, is the story of Jesus’ temptation in the desert in the Gospel of Matthew. 

This 3-part study analyses Matthew 4:1-11, while taking note of the underlying references to the Jewish scriptures. This is important because the Jewish Scriptures provide the framework for this biblical passage. Reflecting about this then helps us to read the story in a way that acknowledges its theological background, and this in turn leads us to a better understanding of the Gospel author’s reasoning when writing this passage.

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