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His Gospe l gives u s th e impressio n tha t hi s churc h member s were almost al l Jews. Normal synagogue policy was to accept uncircumcised Gentiles as 'Godfearers', an d expec t the m t o g o the whole hog (s o to speak ) in time . So here is a second matter in which Matthew had a vision for the Church: a Church mainl y of Gentiles, al l of whose men had been circumcised. But this was, as he knew, a vision for many days. IDEALISM AN D ETHIC S So far , it migh t appea r tha t Matthe w wa s no t jus t a conservativ e bu t a diehard, a fully paid-up , card-carryin g Cephasite.
So , too , wit h th e titl e 'So n o f God', which i n its Jewish context i s appropriate either to th e kin g or t o Israel herself. That Jesus is all these things is clear, though th e manne r of impossible under Jewish law. On bot h occasions, this teaching is said to have followed the public teaching, and to have been given to the disciples 'in a house': both passages reflect th e application of Jesus' teaching in later situations. g. , b y T. J. Weeden , Mark - Traditions i n Conflict (Philadelphia : Fortress, 1971) .
13). 12) . Pau l fel t h e coul d hol d hi s ow n whe n i t cam e t o tongue s 9 Religious movement s wit h hig h aspiration s are boun d t o mee t thi s tension ; th e higher th e aspirations , th e fewe r th e aspirants . Somethin g simila r i s foun d i n th e Qumran communit y where the word tamim was used for the fully committed; and th e 'goodmen' among the Cathars i n fourteenth-century Franc e were called far/aits. Th e word doe s no t unfortunatel y imply mora l perfection : Be*libaste , fo r example , was a par/aitbut als o a scamp (E.