Donald C. McIntyre is writing a series about the temptation of Jesus and the texts Jesus used. Do we understand this usage correctly? He titles this What If We Got the Temptation of Jesus Wrong?, and I’m calling attention to part II of the series.
I am always interested in intertextuality and the way it is used. I suggest a couple of things to consider regarding McIntyre’s post:
- Would this interpretation depend in any way on how one dates the Pentateuch or on one’s conclusions about authorship?
- What about one’s view of progressive revelation? Trajectories?
- How does one guard against incorporation of material that the author does not intend?
None of these questions result from concerns about McIntyre’s presentation, which I appreciate. These questions are ones to carry with you as you relate scripture to scripture.