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Gospel of Matthew

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Biblical texts create worlds of meaning and invite readers to enter them. When readers enter such textual worlds, which are often strange and complex, they are confronted with theological claims. With this in mind, the purpose of the Interpreting Biblical Texts series is to help dedicated students in their experience of reading and interpreting by providing guides for their journeys into textual worlds. The controlling perspective is expressed in the operative word of the title: interpreting. The primary focus of...
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The Gospel of Matthew: Interpreting Biblical Texts Series

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Overview

Biblical texts create worlds of meaning and invite readers to enter them. When readers enter such textual worlds, which are often strange and complex, they are confronted with theological claims. With this in mind, the purpose of the Interpreting Biblical Texts series is to help dedicated students in their experience of reading and interpreting by providing guides for their journeys into textual worlds. The controlling perspective is expressed in the operative word of the title: interpreting. The primary focus of the series is not so much on the world behind the texts or out of which the texts have arisen as on the worlds created by the texts in their engagement with readers.

In this volume, Donald Senior provides an up-to-date introduction to the Gospel of Matthew. The seven chapters of Part One focus on modern biblical scholarship and the interpretation of Matthew, discussing the sources and structure of the Gospel, its use of the Old Testament, its understanding of Jewish Law, its setting as a part of the mission of Christianity to the Gentiles, its Christology, its understanding of the nature of discipleship, and the community from which the Gospel originated. The six chapters of Part Two provide a structured guide to reading and interpreting Matthew's Gospel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687008483
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1997
  • Series: Interpreting Biblical Texts Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald Senior, C.P., isPresident Emeritus and Professor of New Testament Studies and President of Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois.
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Table of Contents

Foreword 11
Preface 13
Ch. 1 The Sources and Structure of Matthew's Gospel 19
Ch. 2 Matthew's Use of the Old Testament 33
Ch. 3 Matthew's Understanding of the Jewish Law 39
Ch. 4 Matthew and the Mission of the Gentiles 45
Ch. 5 Matthew's Christology 53
Ch. 6 Discipleship in Matthew's Gospel 63
Ch. 7 Matthew and His Community 71
Ch. 8 The Origins of Jesus and His Mission 1:1-4:11 87
Ch. 9 Jesus: Messiah in Word and Deed 4:12-10:42 97
Ch. 10 Responding to Jesus: Rejection and Understanding 11:1-16:12 119
Ch. 11 The Journey to Jerusalem 16:13-20:34 135
Ch. 12 In the Holy City: Conflict, Death, Resurrection 21:1-28:15 151
Ch. 13 Finale 28:16-20 173
Notes 179
Selected Bibliography 199
Index 203
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