This article explores the ways in which the New Testament functions as a witness to Jewish literary production, focusing on the concept of rewritten scripture. I argue that Matthew’s relationship to Mark offers insight into critical discussions regarding rewritten scripture as a concept. These early Christian texts lend credibility to the idea that the generic aspects of the rewritten scripture are secondary to its identity as a flexible set of exegetical procedures practised on a scriptural base tradition. I explore this issue by analysing the controversial history of scholarship on rewritten texts and by analysing the ways in which Matthew’s use of Mark constitutes rewrittenness.
Research Associate, School of Ancient and Modern Languages and Cultures, University of Pretoria.