To the Poor

Of all the prophecies which may have influenced Jesus, Isa. 61.1 stands out: 'The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the poor Its influence is evident in the allusions to Isaianic prophecies in the reply to the Baptist's query (Matt. 11.5/Luke 7.22).132 And the opening sequence of beatitudes (Matt. 5.3-6/Luke 6.20b-21) seems to have been framed with Isa. 61.1-3 (7) in mind.133 So even if

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