Matthew: Jesus as the Torah Made Flesh?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
John’s depiction of Jesus as the Word of God made flesh is of course well known. Not so well known is the possibility that Matthew had a similar thought, considering Jesus to be the Torah made flesh.
There was a rabbinical saying that “Where two or three are gathered together to study the Torah, there the presence of God is in the midst of them.” So when Matthew has Jesus say “Where two are three are gathered together in my name, there I am in the midst of them”, he seems to suggest that Jesus is the embodiment of the Torah.
This interpretation fits very well with the rest of Matthew.