Treasure Hidden in a Field: Early Christian Reception of the Gospel of Matthew

Treasure Hidden in a Field: Early Christian Reception of the Gospel of Matthew

by David W. Jorgensen

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Treasure Hidden in a Field: Early Christian Reception of the Gospel of Matthew by David W. Jorgensen

This reception history of the Gospel of Matthew utilizes theoretical frameworks and literary sources from two typically distinct disciplines, patristic studies and Valentinian (a.k.a. "Gnostic") studies. The author shows how in the second and third centuries, the Valentinians were important contributors to a shared culture of early Christian exegesis. By examining the use of the same Matthean pericopes by both Valentinian and patristic exegetes, the author demonstrates that certain Valentinian exegetical innovations were influential upon, and ultimately adopted by, patristic authors. Chief among Valentinian contributions include the allegorical interpretation of texts that would become part of the New Testament, a sophisticated theory of the historical and theological relationship between Christians and Jews, and indeed the very conceptualization of the Gospel of Matthew as sacred scripture. This study demonstrates that what would eventually emerge from this period as the ecclesiological and theological center cannot be adequately understood without attending to some groups and individuals that have often been depicted, both by subsequent ecclesiastical leaders and modern scholars, as marginal and heretical.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783110476552
Publisher: De Gruyter
Publication date: 09/26/2016
Series: Studies of the Bible and Its Reception (SBR) Series , #6
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Jorgensen, Colby College, Waterville, Maine, U.S.A.

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