A Gospel for a New People: Studies in Matthew

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Westminster John Knox Press, 1993 - Religion - 424 pages
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This book thoroughly examines Matthew's gospel. It discusses appropriate methods for interpretation and considers in detail the gospel's origin, purpose, and social setting. Graham Stanton claims that Matthew wrote the Gospel following a period of prolonged bitter disputes with fellow Jews. With considerable literary, catechetical, and pastoral skill the evangelist composed a gospel for a new people (both Jews and Gentiles) in a cluster of Christian communities. Dividing his book into three sections, Stanton discusses redaction critical, literary critical, and social scientific approaches to the interpretation of Matthew; he confirms that Matthew's Gospel was shaped by the "parting of the ways" with Judaism; and he includes two essays on the Sermon on the Mount and one on Matthew's use of the Old Testament.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Redaction Criticism the End of an Era?
23
Literary Criticism Ancient and Modern
54
Matthews Gospel and the Damascus
85
Conclusions to Part I
108
Synagogue and Church
113
The Gospel of Matthew and Judaism
146
Christology and the Parting of the Ways
169
Conclusions to Part 11
278
Interpreting the Sermon on the Mount
285
The Origin and Purpose of the Sermon
307
Matthew as a Creative Interpreter
326
Matthews Use of the Old Testament
346
Matthew 11 2830 Comfortable Words?
364
A Gospel for a New People
378
Bibliography
384

Pray that your Flight may not be in Winter
192
Once More Matthew 25 3146
207
5 Ezra and Matthean Christianity in
256

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About the author (1993)

Graham N. Stanton served as Professor of New Testament at King's College and then Cambridge University before his death in 2009. The author or editor of several books and articles, Stanton's best-known works are The Gospels and Jesus and A Gospel for New People.

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