The Disciples in Narrative Perspective: The Portrayal and Function of the Matthean Disciples
Do the disciples in Matthew really understand Jesus, his mission and his message? Although redaction approaches have typically answered this question affirmatively, a narrative reading of Matthew highlights the ways the disciples frequently misunderstand both what Jesus is called to do and what he intends for his own followers. This study offers such a narrative reading, arguing that not only do the disciples frequently fail to understand Jesus, they do not progress toward greater understanding as the story unfolds. The author explores the way that this portrayal functions in the story and in shaping Matthew's concept of discipleship. Paperback edition is available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).
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Redaction Criticism and Its Application to the Disciples in Matthew
Narrative Criticism and Its Application to the Disciples in Matthew
Issues that Emerge
INTRODUCTION TO THE PORTRAYAL OF THE DISCIPLES
CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF THE DISCIPLESPORTRAYAL
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