The Baptism of Jesus in Matthew 3 is filled with images of the Old Testament. Indeed, the Baptism of Jesus could be said to have striking echoes of Old Testament historical events.
For example, what did the geography of where Jesus was Baptized in the Jordan mean for Matthew’s Jewish audience and it’s relation to the Old Exodus?
Additionally, in the narrative of the Baptism of Jesus describes the heavens opening and Jesus being anointed by the spirit. What would this have meant for Matthew’s audience?
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