Did Jesus Fulfill Prophecies in the Jewish Scriptures? Rabbi Tovia Singer Explores Matthew’s Claims
On eleven occasions Matthew employs “fulfillment citations,” where the author claims the events in the life of Jesus clearly fulfilled prophecy in the Jewish Scriptures. Among all the four Gospels, Matthew is the only author to implement this approach. In his nativity story, Matthew claims that the Jewish prophets foretold that the messiah would be born of a virgin in Bethlehem. Rabbi Tovia Singer illustrates that the evangelist’s fantastic claims are specious. What was Matthew seeking to accomplish with these bold assertions?