Thursday, May 11, 2006

Matthew Resources online

Free resources on Matthew, on a site that appears to be growing in size: http://www.apollos.ws/matthew/; click on read article [external link] to read the article of your choice. And as always, http://ntgateway.com/matthew/ has links to sites by Matthew scholar Janice Capel Anderson and others who have nice collections of free material.

4 Comments:

Blogger theswain said...

www.geocities.com/theswain/ematthew

12:47 PM, May 16, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think of the supposed conflict between Matthew 10:5-6 (15:24) and Matthew 28:16-20?

10:24 AM, May 17, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know of a recent book or article on the reception and interpretation of the New Testament by pagan critics?

12:23 PM, May 17, 2006  
Blogger J. B. Hood said...

theswain,

see latest posts. Anon., I think Matt is abundantly aware of the fact that in the majority of his book, he is writing about Jesus during his earthly ministry, carried out largely as a restoration/renewal movement aimed at Jews). For instance, there is no record of Jesus' followers tithing, though that sort of thing is approved in Mt 23:23. Matthew 28:16-20 comes at a dift. stage altogether in history; something new has happened, and kingdom-minded individuals from Israel (her remnant) are sent out to be what they were always supposed to be: light among the nations to lead the nations to righteousness and justice. This is a bit like me going to a local church and wanting to train, correct, etc. before turning the people loose on the town with a new mission.

On the latter question, lots on NT reception, but I'm not sure about the NT and pagan critics. After all, most of what we know about "pagan reception" is handed down in various pieces of Xian lit, and pertains only to conflict. And pagan critics interpreted Christian actions and lifestyles, not books, something that's important to remember. I personally think "gnosticism as NT reception by pagans" would be fascinating.

In my own studies, I've found some references to aspersions about J's birth and ministry, i.e., in Celsus and the like (see Origen's writings).

10:31 PM, May 17, 2006  

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