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  • About
  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

The new people of God and kingdom fruitfulness : an exegetical and theological study of the parable of the wicked tenants in Matthew 21:33-46 and its significance for a corporate hermeneutic

Udoeyop, Effiong Athanase 2006 (has links)
No description available.

'Woe to you, hypocrites!' : law and leaders in The Gospel of Matthew

Camp, Greg Alan 2002 (has links)
This thesis seeks to move beyond the impasse in Matthean scholarship that posits the reason for conflict in Matthew 23 with the authorial community. A framework is developed that allows the possibility that the gospel was received and understood by a widespread, general audience that itself was not necessarily embroiled in conflict. Multiple complementary methods are used to analyze how an ancient audience might expect conflict and work through its development in the narrative. Analysis of comparative biographical literature and of Old Testament references and allusions shows that readers could expect in literature the type and intensity of conflict exhibited in Matthew 23. The gospel's internal narrative development provides unity to the conflict episodes in Matthew 9-23. It also offers rationale for the escalation of conflict for which Matthew 23 is the summary. Chapter One: The Shape of the Discussion surveys representative works including redaction, social scientific, socio-historical, narrative and genre critics, to understand the options for studying conflict in Matthew. Reader-response oriented genre criticism provides language for framing reader expectations. Chapter Two: Expecting Conflict examines expectations that can be associated with Matthew's use of the Old Testament and by comparison with ancient biographies. Chapter Three: The Conflict Builds works systematically through each of the points of contact between Jesus and the leaders of Israel in chapters 9-22 organized by three topics: legal interpretation, the identity and authority of Jesus, and the character of the leaders. Chapter Four: Woe to You takes up the task of examining Matthew 23. The analysis of Matthew 23 identifies three components in the summary of conflict: Jesus presented as the model for his audience, Jesus' final denunciation of the leaders, and the presentation of Jesus as God’s representative. The multi-methodological approach used in this study of Matthew 23 suggests a narrative that invites the reader to rethink how one knows and understands God. The study thereby provides an alternative to the assumption that conflict reflects the immediate experience of a narrowly conceived authorial community.

Compassionate servant - aggressive polemicist? : the function of Isaiah 42:1-4 in the protrayal of Jesus in Matthew 11-13

Beaton, Richard 1999 (has links)
No description available.

The audience of Matthew : an appraisal of the local audience thesis

Vine, Cedric Everard William 2012 (has links)
This thesis seeks to establish the inadequacy of readings of the Gospel of Matthew as intended for, and a reflection of, a local audience or community. Despite repeated challenges, the local audience thesis continues to dominate a large proportion of Matthean scholarship, and, as such, the issue of determining the Gospel's audience remains an open question. This thesis posits four main critiques. First, the assumptions which underpin the text- focused process of identifying the Gospel's audience, whether deemed to be local, Jewish, or universal, lack clarity. Literary entities such as the implied reader, the intended reader, or the authorial audience, prove inadequate as a means of identifying the Gospel's audience. Second, local audience readings necessarily exclude plot-related developments and are both selective and restrictive in their treatment of characterisation. Much is lost or ignored, as a coherent and simplified audience context is derived from the complex narrative world of the Gospel. Third, this thesis argues that many in an audience of the Gospel would have incorporated their experience of hearing Matthew within pre-existing mental representations shaped by Mark or other early traditions. Thus, they would have understood the Gospel as relating to events and settings distinct from their own context, regardless of the degree to which they identified with characters or events in the Gospel. Fourth, this thesis argues that early Christian audiences were largely heterogeneous in terms of ethnicity, age, sex, wealth, familiarity with Christian traditions, and levels of commitment. As such, the aural reception of the Gospel would have resulted in a variety of impacts. A number of these critiques extend beyond the local audience option and for this reason this thesis does not posit a particular audience for the Gospel.

A study of the agreements of Mathew and Luke against Mark

Burrows, Edward W. 1969 (has links)
No description available.

Hellenistic dimensions of the Gospel of Matthew : studies in background

Kinney, Robert S. 2015 (has links)
In the search for Matthean theology, scholars overwhelmingly approach the Gospel by way of Sitz im Leben. Whether arguing from a perspective that Matthew wrote from a cloistered Jewish community, perhaps as the master of a rabbinic-type school, or arguing from the other extreme, that Matthew is writing as the leader of a Gentile rebellion against such a Jewish community, scholarship appears unable to avoid the question of Matthew's and his community's relationship to Judaism. While this is undoubtedly an important and necessary question for understanding the Gospel, it often assumes too much about the relationship between Judaism and Hellenism. Scholars with such a sharp focus on this question tend to neglect Matthew's provenance in a thoroughly Hellenistic culture and first-century Judaism's thorough Hellenization. Part 1 of this dissertation (chapters 2-5) argues for a hybridized perspective in which Matthew's attention to Jewish sources and ideas is not denied, but in which echoes of Greek and Roman sources and ideas from Antiquity can be observed. This argument includes a survey of recent scholarship on the Judaism/Hellenism divide, consideration of several aspects of the Gospel (e.g. language, sources, provenance, genre), a discussion of rhetorical methodologies, and a survey of relevant ancient education practices. In Part 2 of this dissertation (chapters 6-8), I explore two facets of Matthew's Gospel as examples of the kind of Hellenistic contextual reading I am proposing. First, I specifically explore the Sermon on the Mount in the context of ancient Greek historical and philosophical writings (particularly of the Socratics). Second, I explore the possibility of Homeric resonances throughout the Gospels. I conclude that Matthew's Gospel has a rich Greco-Roman backdrop-one that will only help us as we seek to interpret the text of the Gospel and learn how it was understood by its first audience.

The recapitulation of Israel : use of Israel's history in Matthew 1:1-4:11

Kennedy, R. Joel 2008 (has links)
The argument of this thesis is that Israel’s history is utilised within Matthew’s christology, serving a key role in the story of Jesus as narrated by Matthew. The term most apt in describing the utilisation of Israel’s history in Matthew is recapitulation.  In the first chapter, it is argued that the genealogy (1:1-17) recapitulates Israel’s history in a narratological and teleological manner to focus upon Jesus Christ as the fulfilment of Israel’s history.  In the second chapter, it is argued that in Matthew 2:1-23 Jesus passively recapitulates Israel’s history, reliving primarily the exodus experience of Israel.  In the third chapter, it is argued that in Matthew 3:1-4:11, Jesus actively recapitulates Israel’s history as the representative embodiment of Israel. Every possible interpretive aspect is utilised to ascertain the use of Israel’s history in Matthew.  This requires an eclectic combination of critical approaches, retaining the strengths and overcoming the weaknesses within each.  Methodologically this includes, a textually focused approach, observing literary components, utilising historical and comparative parallels and environment, and a theological orientation that recognizes the Evangelist’s principal focus is Christological.  Discovering and describing the recapitulation of Israel in Matthew 1:1-4:11 is the cohesive and distinctive viewpoint throughout this thesis. The christology of Matthew and the use of the Old Testament in Matthew are essential ingredients toward unfolding the use of recapitulation in Matthew.

Metaphor in Matthew's Gospel : its cognitive structure, background, culture dependence and translatability

Farrell, Tim 2004 (has links)
No description available.

Mission to the Jews and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew

Lee, Sang-In 2003 (has links)
This thesis investigates the theme of mission to the Gentiles in Matthew’s gospel.  Questions arising include:  Was Matthew a Jew or a Gentile?  What was the nature of the community that he addressed, and how was it related to Judaism?  How did he view the Judaism of his time?  Should there be a continuing mission to the Jews?  Did Matthew believe that the church, including specifically his own community, should be involved in mission to the Gentiles?  How could he show this in a Gospel about a Jesus who rarely met Gentiles and even told his disciples not to go to Gentiles during his lifetime?  If he did commend mission to the Gentiles, were there any conditions (such as circumcision and other Jewish commandments) that they must fulfil?  How did Matthew’s attitude compare with those of the other Synoptic Evangelists and Paul? The thesis arises from the need to respond to such scholars as D. Sim, A. J. Saldarini and J. A. Overman who are sceptical to various degrees that Matthew was an enthusiast for mission to the Gentiles.  Although a majority of scholars have held that Matthew was a proponent of the Gentile mission, nobody has as yet responded to the case against this view and treated the evidence supplied by the Gospel in detail.  After summarising current scholarly debate (Introduction) the present thesis will go carefully through the Gospel, treating all those passages that are relevant to the problem and interacting particularly with scholars who deny Matthew’s concern that his own church should evangelise the Gentiles.

Faith and works in Matthean theology : a composition-critical reading of Matthew 13 and 24-25

Poucher, Gillian F. 2013 (has links)
No description available.

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