Matt 1:23 and Isaiah 7:14 – Politics and War


•How might the Matthean community have understood the crisis of 732bce in the light of their own experience in 66-70bce?

•In exchange for military assistance the King of Judah was forced to worship the Assyrian gods. What modern day examples can we think of this? Both in the world of politics and in our own lives?

•Both Isaiah and Matthew find hope in the birth of a child. Where do we find hope?