Preterism is a Christian doctrine that teaches the second coming of Jesus and all Bible promises occurred by or before AD70. Among other things, it requires a Christian to take a position that a New Testament writer must always quote an Old Testament prophecy in context. In other words, when a New Testament writer quotes any Old Testament prophecy, the NT writer is not at liberty to alter the quotation’s application in any way.
In fact, in a public debate from 2020, Holger Neubauer who is affirming “the Scriptures teach that Jesus of Nazareth returned the second and final time in the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70.” To avoid any confusion or misrepresentation, we have documented the following quotes from the debate:
Night One/Hour 0/Minute 51 – “When a New Testament writer quotes from an Old Testament text, they always quote in context. They never make up new meanings. They fulfill the meaning of what the Old Testament prophet had in mind.”
Night One/Hour 2/Minute 15 – “He’s quoting in context. He’s not making up some new meaning. He’s quoting in context….A New Testament author always quotes in context.” (speaking about Romans 11:25-27 quoting Isaiah 27)
Night Two/Hour 0/Minute 38 – “Hear me well: When a New Testament writer quotes from an Old Testament text, they always quoted in context. We have no more liberty to think they took a text out of context than we do to take a New Testament text out of context.” (when arguing that Hosea 6:2 is quoted by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:4)
how Scriptureanswers "Must a New Testament writer always quote in context?"
A New Testament writer does not1,2 always quote in context of the Old Testament text. There are many other examples of this, but when “always” is the standard, we only need one to disprove it, and in both cases1,2, Matthew is very clearly (a) not preserving the original context of the prophet’s statement, and (b) giving it an entirely new meaning – two things the preterist says must “always” – in the first case, and “never” (in the second case) happen. In fact, Peter affirms3 the wisdom and practice of God that, by design, the prophets would state things (God’s words) that would be pertinent to their time, but they would not (and could not) understand their ultimate meaning unless and until it was revealed in the “good news” of an inspired writer.
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