I think say there are
three meanings for anything in the Torah—
sense, the prophetic
and the hidden, real significance—well, it's true
Matthew's use of Scripture wouldn't last
five minutes in a sound Evangelical school!
debate at least, Andrew,
it's time that we put down this mongrel reason,
of Aristotle and Descartes,
cross-bred with Darwin, Freud and Jung—
the leash of faith it has turned wild,
this pit-bull logic, with the jaws
ad absurdum locked
on anything that might get in its way.
Matthew’s use of Scripture. eg Matthew 1:22-23 or 2:18, where Old Testament prophetic passages which had a contemporary purpose are applied by Matthew to the life of Jesus.
reductio ad absurdum “Reduce to the absurd”, a primary tool of Aristotelian logic for exposing the fallacy of an assumption by showing that when it is taken to its logical conclusion it proves its opposite.