How Did Matthew Portray Jesus?

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According to Yahoo News Network, Matthew's portrayal of Jesus heavily leans on the relationship of early Christian churches to Judaism and on Jesus' position relative to Israel. For these reasons, Matthew depicts Jesus as the greatest authority on the Torah, possessing within himself something greater than the Jewish Temple.

The Gospel of Matthew emphasizes that Jesus is the perfect son of Abraham. Matthew depicts Jesus as fulfilling the law of the Old Testament and bringing to fruition the prophecies and promises made to Abraham and David. In this sense, Matthew depicts Jesus as the embodiment and climax of Israel's experience of God.