Excerpt from The Expositor, Vol. 13
The leanings of the first canonical Gospel toward a Jewish-Christian type of teaching have been clearly recognised both in ancient and modern times. Some question exists among modern critics as to its place of origin, the majority considering it a product of Palestinian Christianity (whether in Jerusalem or Caesarea), a few suggesting Egypt, whose relations with Jerusalem were always exceedingly close; but all recognise its strongly marked Jewish-Christian point of view. We need only enumerate a few of the sayings peculiar to this Gospel to bear out the generally admitted fact.
1. Give not that which is holy to dogs, lest they turn and rend you; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them with their feet (Matt. vii. 6).
2. Go not away to the Gentiles, and enter no city of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (x. 6).
3. When they persecute you in this city flee to the other; for verily I say to you, Ye shall not exhaust the cities of Israel till the Son of Man come (x. 23).
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