The Gospel preserves the preaching of Jesus as well as his early Jewish followers who penned these works, during the decades before and after the destruction of the Second Temple in the Christian first century. They offer a witness to homiletic midrash as distinct from the exegetical midrash. The latter governs the different approaches to the Biblical text and its wording.
This paper was presented at the 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in August 2009.
Asher Finkel, "The Midrashic Construct of Early Christian Texts in Light of Early Homiletics in the Synagogue." Paper presented at the 15th World Congress of Jewish Studies. Hebrew University, Jerusalem, August 2009. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/asher_finkel/23