The Angelification in the Gospel of Matthew 1. Introduction In his well known The Resurrection of the Son of God, N. T. Wright, following the thesis of Oscar Cullmann, suggests that early Christians did not believe in any form of angelic afterlife. As a response to their view, this essay seeks to argue that some early Christians, especially the author of the Gospel of Matthew, probably believed in angelification in line with Late Second Temple Judaism. I will first investigate the notion of angelification in the light of Second Temple Jewish writings. Then I will explore how this notion relates to the Gospel of Matthew.
One can tell by the reaction of Mary’s parents that they respected her opinion on who she wanted to marry however did not fully like the idea of who she was marrying. They wanted to let her decide who she would marry instead of following the puritan way and deciding for her who she would marry. This passage proves that Mary’s parents indeed decided not to follow the religion in this time. This was fairly uncommon in the eighteenth century as most of the times, the women’s parents would decide who they would want their daughter to marry and the daughter was not capable of deciding who she would live with for the rest of her life. Mary’s family did not follow religion when it came to marriage as Mary was able to decide to marry John Noyes as her first husband.
Henry VIII against popular belief was actually happy about Mary’s birth. Her mother was a devout Catholic and she was baptized soon after her birth. When she was two years old she was betrothed to her cousin the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Charles then demanded that Mary come to Spain with a large cash dower this angered King Henry who ended the engagement. After this Mary was engaged two more times and she later married Phillip II of Spain who was Charles V son. Her father wanted a male heir so he sought out to divorced Cathrine when Mary was eleven because he was afraid that if he had no male heir and he let Mary become Queen a civil war would start.
The Fulfillment of Isaiah’s Immanuel Prophecy in the Gospels “Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel.” What does this name Immanuel mean and where did it come from? When Jesus was born in 4-6 B.C.E, and given the name Immanuel, it fulfilled a prophecy from the book of Isaiah that was hundreds of years old, “Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel”. The fulfillment of the Isaiah prophesy in the New Testament is crucial to Christian faith and to the significance of the birth of Jesus expressing the true presence of God on earth. Let’s examine the meaning behind this prophesy that Isaiah spoke, the significance of the fulfillment of the prophesy in Matthew, and the reasons as to why the fulfillment of this prophesy is not mentioned in the other three gospels, Mark, Luke, and John. After taking a closer look at the Immanuel prophesies in Isaiah, there are actually some disagreements to the prophecy.
Thus, he understood that his sins were being perceived. Augustine started out the seventh book by showing how he evolved from his previous shameful sins. “I did not think of you, my God, in the shape of a human body, for I had rejected this idea ever since I had first begun to study philosophy, and I was glad to find that our spiritual mother, your Catholic Church, also rejected such beliefs.” (Book VII, Section 1, Page 133) This shows that Augustine is beginning to think more about God and how his sins have been watched throughout his whole life. He is beginning to realize that he has to change his ways in order to reach absolution. In the ninth book, Augustine shows how he was able to finally connect with God through his books and teachings.
Lines 7 and 8 show the connection between Mary and the lamb and this becomes evidence for the conclusion. Line 7 states that “Why does the lamb love Mary so?” This shows a connection between Mary and the lamb and it can be assumed that certain actions would have instigated the love. These actions are: it followed her everywhere and waited patiently for her. Patience is required in most relationships for love and commitment to take place and the action of her following everywhere can be seen to be a form of attachment. Line 8 states that “Why, Mary loves the lamb you know” the teacher replied.
At no time has the Lord or this angel told Joseph Smith he was to start a church or that he was to continue asking for more revelations from God. In fact Joseph Smith did not ask for any other revelations after his first vision until three years later when he felt he had to pray to God once more for the forgiveness of his sins. God is not coming to him, but rather he is going to the Lord, at his own leisure it would seem when sufficiently feeling the need to be forgiven for his sins and transgressions. But wait! Oliver Cowdery comes to the rescue here and tells us that Christ tells Joseph Smith not to join any of the churches as they are all wrong and are an “abomination” and that he (Joseph Smith) will be used to show him the way.
In my home, I am free to ask questions and search for answers. An example would be, the story of Jesus’ birth by the Virgin Mary. Science tells us that it is impossible to have a child without a male involved, but the scripture is telling us that it happened. I think this is one of the stories that has many interpretations and people believe different meanings, like Galileo talked about. In my religion classes, however, I was expected to believe this story was supposed to be taken literally.
That new name is written on his crown in Revelation 19, and is known to none other than to him alone. But we are informed that the name is written on the foreheads of his elect 144,000 in Revelation 7, 9, etc. That name would be his new name, or God’s dispensational name in the Dispensation of the Millennium. He will probably have it alongside with the name “Jesus” because the work of salvation will still go on during the millennial period, until «the new heaven and the new earth» appear. Since this name will be the new name of Jesus during the millennial dispensation, it follows that that will be God’s new name in the Dispensation of the Millennium.