The Crowds in the Gospel of Matthew.
Journal of Biblical Literature 2003, Summer, 122, 2
Journal of Biblical Literature
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The Crowds in the Gospel of Matthew, by J. R. C. Cousland. NovTSup 102. Leiden/ Boston/Cologne: Brill, 2002. Pp. xiv + 365. $122.00. Among the central issues in the study of the Gospel of Matthew is how its relationship to first-century Judaism is to be conceived. Unlike several recent attempts to illuminate this problem from sociological or historical vantage points, this book, which began as a doctoral thesis under Ronald Piper at the University of St. Andrews (1992), engages it through a narrative- and redaction-critical study. The bulk of the book is devoted to an analysis of Matthew's crowds as a literary construct, but Cousland is particularly interested in the social-historical implications of that analysis. The result is a reconstruction that mediates between those who see in Matthew a Christian Judaism and those who find in it indications of a past break with Judaism: Matthew has decisively broken with the Pharisaic leadership of "formative Judaism" but not with the Jewish people as a whole.
- 2,99 €
- Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
- Published: 22 June 2003
- Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
- Print Length: 9 Pages
- Language: English