Studies in Matthew: Interpretation Past and Present

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Baker Academic, 2005 - Religion - 282 pages
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Dale Allison, one of the preeminent New Testament scholars of our day, gathers here thirteen essays on significant features of Matthew. These essays display the historical, literary, and theological acumen that make Allison a leading figure in gospel studies. Nine of the essays are previously unpublished; the other four are thoroughly revised. Part 1 draws upon the exegetical tradition, from church fathers through medieval interpreters to nineteenth-century commentators, to highlight interpretive possibilities missed by their more recent heirs. Allison does not merely assert but demonstrates in studies of several of the Gospel's more puzzling episodes that "the exegetical past," while requiring critical sifting, nevertheless offers genuine insights that we neglect to our loss. Part 2 brings Allison's own literary sensitivities to bear to illuminate the structure and meaning of the First Gospel as a whole and several of its key narrative elements. Careful attention to Matthew's verbal signals and textual architecture brings his theological themes into sharper focus.
 

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A collection of 13 studies by a major Matthean scholar, arranged in 2 Parts: (i) Exegetical Past & (ii) Literary and Historical Studies. Each chapter can be read with benefit, as well as a sense of ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
t h e e xegetIcal Past
17
8
43
2125
65
45
79
9
107
Reading Matthew through the Church Fathers
117
l Iterary and h IstorIcal studIes
135
The Configuration of the Sermon on the Mount and
173
Foreshadowing the Passion
217
Deconstructing Matthew
237
Slaughtered Infants
251
Index of Names
265
Scripture Index
275
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Dale C. Allison Jr. (Ph.D., Duke University) is the Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He is the author (with W. D. Davies) of the three-volume work on Matthew in the International Critical Commentary series. His other works include Jesus of Nazareth: Millenarian Prophet and The Intertextual Jesus.

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