Matthew : The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers Paperback

The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers

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Matthew : The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers

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The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers is a biblical commentary with a difference. Howard Clarke first establishes contemporary scholarship's mainstream view of Matthew's Gospel, and then presents a sampling of the ways this text has been read, understood, and applied through two millennia. By referring forward to Matthew's readers (rather than back to the text's composers), the book exploits the tensions between what contemporary scholars understand to be the intent of the author of Matthew and the quite different, indeed often eccentric and bizarre ways this text has been understood, assimilated, and applied over the years. The commentary is a testament to the ambiguities and elasticity of the text and a cogent reminder that interpretations are not fixed, nor texts immutably relevant. And unlike other commentaries, this one gives space to those who have questioned, rejected, or even ridiculed Matthew's messages, since Bible-bashing, like Bible-thumping, is a historically significant part of the experience of reading the Bible.
Howard Clarke is Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and author of studies on Homer and Vergil, including The Art of the Odyssey and Homer's Readers.

Matthew : The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers by Howard Clarke was published by Indiana University Press in August 2003. The ISBN for Matthew : The Gospel of Matthew and Its Readers is 9780253216007.

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Page last updated 29th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIndiana University Press (August 2003)
Weight458g
Number of Pages352
Thickness22 mm
Height235 mm
Width155 mm
ISBN9780253216007
ISBN-100253216001
Product Code1147899
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