The Disciples in Narrative Perspective: The Portrayal and Function of the Matthean Disciples

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BRILL, 2002 - Religion - 171 pages
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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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Contents

Redaction Criticism and Its Application to the Disciples in Matthew
3
Narrative Criticism and Its Application to the Disciples in Matthew
18
Issues that Emerge
29
INTRODUCTION TO THE PORTRAYAL OF THE DISCIPLES
39
Characterization Methodology
49
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59
CONTEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF THE DISCIPLESPORTRAYAL
95
THE FUNCTION OF THE DISCIPLES IN MATTHEW
121
THE DISCIPLES AND DISCIPLESHIP IN NARRATIVE PERSPECTIVE
147
BIBLIOGRAPHY
153
INDEX OF BIBLICAL AND OTHER ANCIENT TEXTS
163
INDEX OF MODERN AUTHORS
169
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Jeannine K. Brown, Ph.D. in New Testament (2002), Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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