The Audience of Matthew Paperback

An Appraisal of the Local Audience Thesis

by Cedric E. W. Vine;

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The Audience of Matthew

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This book 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. In this book, Cedric E. W. Vine posits four main critiques. The first suggests the assumptions which underpin the text-focused process of identifying the Gospel's audience, whether deemed to be local, Jewish, or universal, lack clarity. Second, local audience readings necessarily exclude plot-related developments and are both selective and restrictive in their treatment of characterisation. Third, Vine 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. Fourth, Vine suggests 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 study concludes that we cannot currently determine the audience of the Gospel.

The Audience of Matthew by Cedric E. W. Vine was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in July 2015. The ISBN for The Audience of Matthew is 9780567664488.

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Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (July 2015)
Number of Pages256
Thickness13 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4322809
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