Matthew's Trilogy of Parables: The Nation, the Nations and the Reader in Matthew 21:28-22:14

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Overview

Wesley Olmstead examines the parables of the Two Sons, the Tenants and the Wedding Feast against the background of the wider Matthean narrative. He explores Matthew's characterization of the Jewish leaders, assessing the respective roles of Israel and the nations in the plot of Matthew's Gospel. Against the current of contemporary Matthean scholarship, Olmstead argues that these parables indicate the future inclusion of other nations in the "nation" that God had promised to raise up from Abraham.

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"[Olmstead] demonstrates solid redaction critical study, good narrative impulses, and carefully nuanced exegesis." Journal of Evangelical Theological Society, Jeannine K. Brown

"Olmstead has made an important contribution both to the study of parables and to the study of the first Gospel as he has welded narrative and redaction-critical methods...This book is valuable for scholars as well as serious students of the parables and of Matthew's Gospel." - The Journal of Religion Barbara E. Reid, Catholic Theological Union at Chicago

"Olmstead has produced a most valuable and timely study of these parables and the light they cast on the question of the nation and nations. His arguments are balanced, carefully developed and compelling." - J.R.C. Cousland, University of British Columbia

"This study is so carefully and cautiously done that there is very little to criticize." - Charles H. Talbert, Baylor University, Waco, TX

"This monograph is a reworking of his 1999 Ph.D. dissertation written at the King's College London..."
—Southwestern Journal of Theology

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Meet the Author

Wesley G. Olmstead is Associate Professor of New Testament and Academic Dean at Briercrest Bible College in Saskatchewan.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Pt. 1 Prolegomena
1 Introduction: of authors, readers and approaches to the parables 3
2 Matthew's trilogy of parables: 21.28-22.14 22
Pt. 2 The trilogy in narrative-critical perspective
3 Jesus' encounter with Israel: the nation, its leaders and their people 49
4 Jesus and the nations: characterisation, plot and the reception of Matthew 21.28-22.14 71
5 A narrative-critical reading of the trilogy 98
Pt. 3 The trilogy in redaction-critical perspective
6 The trilogy in redaction-critical perspective 133
7 Conclusions 160
Appendix The text of the parable of The Two Sons
Notes 177
Bibliography 245
Index of passages 262
Index of selected topics and modern authors 280
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