There are complexities in studying a human-divine book that simply do not exist when studying a human book. Yet, form, redaction, composition, literary, rhetorical, and social science criticism enter out study of Matthew's Gospel, but there is surely more. God also wrote this book and thus, Matthew's writing has purposes that necessarily involve faith.
In fact, in my first one-sitting read of the book, I have seen a theme of faithfulness. This theme may well tie in to the notion of Torah as a document of faith (as presented by John Sailhamer in Pentateuch as Narrative and Introduction to Old Testament Theology). The contention is that Torah was written not as law but as faith. Jesus comes to restore this.
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