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He Shall Be Called a Nazorean: Intertextuality without an Intertext?
Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meeting
  • James F. McGrath, Butler University
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Inexact quotations are a common phenomenon in Biblical intertextuality, and some suspected allusions are so fleeting and/or imprecise as to leave interpreters wondering whether an allusion was intended or not. But in at least one instance, Matthew 2:23, we have a reference to something unspecified prophets are supposed to have said, namely that “He shall be called a Nazorean,” which may not in fact have any intertext at all.

This digital copy is based on the paper “Intertextuality without an Intertext? Musings on Matthew and Method” presented in the Intertextuality in the New Testament consultation at the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in Atlanta, November 22nd, 2010. The author(s) reserves all rights.

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James F. McGrath. 2013. "He Shall Be Called a Nazorean: Intertextuality without an Intertext?" Available at: