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. It's good tradition, however, and should be reliable. Matthew is assumed to have been written during the 70s AD. There are other approximations, but it's safe to write that on the test. Jewish Christians worshiped in the synagogues, that was their church. They did not consider themselves to be a different religion, they were just living in the fullness of Judaism. Jews eventually noticed this and refused to live with the differences. Believing Jews had to leave, and there was a lot of animosity. Matthew focuses on what Old Testament passages were fulfilled by Jesus' life. Some of the passages that Matthew states, though, when taken in context, very clearly do not refer to Jesus. Matthew gives the passage meaning, to compare Jesus' redemption with God's previous redemption of the Israelites. Most of the fulfillment quotations are Matthew giving them more meaning through applying them to Jesus. Christology - Who is Jesus? Through Jewish tradition and early Christian, it's simply the study of who the anointed one of Israel and the Christ were. There's some ambiguity about the use of the word Lord in the New Testament, because it's translated the same whether they're referring to just another man or 'the LORD.' Some say the Jews are automatically saved apart from Christ because they are God's chosen people. However, Sheets thinks they do need the gospel, and now Jews apart from Christ are lost. Paul himself believed that the Jews were lost without Christ.