Rabbi Tovia Singer Debunks Church Claim that Matthew Misquoted Scripture Using ‘Rabbinic Method’


Published on 7 Jun 2016

‘Missionaries often employ a novel and rather surprising response when confronted by Matthew’s frequent misquotations of the Jewish Scriptures. While some Christians reluctantly agree that Matthew’s citations of Tanach are not entirely accurate, Christian apologists often suggest that Matthew may have utilized some ‘midrashic’ expository techniques that might have allowed for some flexibility. After all, missionaries ask, did not the rabbis engage in a homiletic method of biblical exegesis? Are there not ‘midrashic’ interpretations of Scripture that are inconsistent with the literal meaning of a passage ensconced in rabbinic traditions and literature? Matthew, they argue, applied this same midrashic method in his interpretation of Isaiah 7:14, as well as other texts in the Jewish Scriptures. In this eye-opening broadcast, Rabbi Tovia Singer demonstrates that this assertion is absurd.’

Categories: Bible

11 replies

  1. Thank you for exposing the dishonest missionary mindset again.

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    • I also want to thank the rabbi for exposing the likes of Muslims like Shabir Ally who also appeal to “midrashic” interpretations of the Holy Bible to prove that Muhammad was predicted therein. Great job of exposing these very deceitful, dishonest callers to Islam. 😉


    • Your too quoques and red herrings get really boring.
      About the issue at hand the rabbi explicitly states Muslims do NOT apply the same dishonest method.

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  2. How Nt authors interpret the Old is a large scholarly discussion which can not simply be condemned as absurd in one video. There is a huge range of thought and opinion on this topic


    • In Matthew 2 we read about ‘The Escape to Egypt’:

      13When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

      14So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

      So Matthew claims that there was a specific prophecy concerning the “son” (ie Jesus) who God would bring out of Egypt and back to Palestine. Here is the prophesy from Hosea 11 in its context:

      “When Israel was a child, I loved him,
      and out of Egypt I called my son.
      But the more they were called,
      the more they went away from me.
      They sacrificed to the Baals
      and they burned incense to images.
      It was I who taught Ephraim to walk,
      taking them by the arms;
      but they did not realize
      it was I who healed them.
      I led them with cords of human kindness,
      with ties of love.
      To them I was like one who lifts
      a little child to the cheek,
      and I bent down to feed them.”

      Now you do not need to be a scholar to see the problem with Matthew’s “prophecy”:

      1) There is no prophesy!

      2) the “son” in Hosea is not the messiah but the people of Israel

      3) the dramatic personification of the people of Israel as the “son” characterises the son as a rebellious child who worshiped and sacrificed to false gods the “Baals”

      4) it is demeaning and insulting to Jesus to use such imagery about Jesus

      5) God had to heal the “son” ie Israel

      6) Matthew has used and abused Scripture to create his gospel. In fact he misquotes the Bible repeatedly, even making up non-existent prophecies about Jesus

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    • perfect example. it’s not a misquote, but a seeming reinterpretation of the original context. Question is why a Jew writing to Jews who knew their scripture would do this?

      Have you read the scholars on this?


    • Paulus, I wrote a multi-part article on this very issue, showing how thoroughly Jewish and correct Matthew was in citing Hosea 11:1: http://answeringislam.net/authors/shamoun/raised3rdday3.html

      So take some time to read through it.


  3. you have not dealt with the serious issues I listed in my comment. Ignoring them will not make them go away.

    So lets go through them.

    1) I take it you recognise that there is no prophesy in Hosea 11.


    • Paul, not all prophecy is predictive, is it? So of course this text is a prophecy in the usual biblical sense. Ok, next…


    • Matthew clearly wants his readers to think that Hosea 11 is speaking about a future event involving Jesus. But this is to abuse the text which says nothing of the kind. No Jew reading Hosea would ever think it was about Jesus.


    • “Paulus”
      The writer of “Matthew” wants to sell it as predictive. Not?

      Question is why an “divinely inspired” “making no mistakes whatsoever no no” writer who knew their scripture would do this?

      My guess: Same motivation as your. Sell your ideology with all means possible and hope you get away with it.

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