By Evert-Jan Vledder
Matthew's Gospel is a witness to conflicting pursuits. The leaders of Israel are a part of the so-called 'retainer class', who pursue their very own pursuits by means of selling the pursuits of the Roman rulers. Jesus (and the Matthaean community), to the contrary, acts on behalf of the marginalized in society. Jesus demanding situations the underlying values of the leaders who, opposite to what's anticipated, don't forgive and act mercifully. The leaders attempt to unravel the clash negatively by way of labelling Jesus as possessed through the satan. while, the clash spirals onward: the Matthaean group is named to behave within the pursuits of the marginalized. it really is Vledder's exact contribution to Matthaean examine that he brings to gentle the underlying dynamics of this clash in a stimulating sociological study.
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Stanton. As part of the fourth chapter in his book entitled, 'Matthew's Gospel and the Damascus document in Sociological Perspective of his book', Stanton sheds some light on the Gospel from what he 188. Saldarini, The Gospel of Matthew and Jewish-Christian Conflict', p. 55. 189. Saldarini, 'The Gospel of Matthew and Jewish-Christian Conflict', pp. 5657. 190. Saldarini, T h e Gospel of Matthew and Jewish-Christian Conflict', p. 60. 1. 191 He draws on the studies of Lewis Coser, as we will later also attempt to do and especially on three of Coser's observations about conflict: (1) close relationship: intense conflict, (2) social conflict, boundaries, and dissent, (3) group cohesion and centralized control.
29): x\ y\\xxv KOCI OOI, me xot> 0eot>; and r\kQeq a>5e rcpo Kaipou paaocviaai Tijiaq; Matthew does not wish to depict the demons as trying to exercise counter-magic. Instead, by putting a christological statement (Son of God) into their mouths, Jesus has come to deliver the demons to the judgment of torture before the 'time', before the final irruption of the rule of God. 79 But, since they have no direct relevance for this study, no purpose is served by discussing them here. Held emphasizes the christological function of Jesus as the messiah of the deed.
Patte emphasizes the existence of opposition in the text, but does not link it to the conflict in the community. This is why he is not placed in the section above. 161 There are many kinds of oppositions, both implicit and explicit in the text. 162 With regard to this explicit opposition, Patte further distinguishes two other types of opposition. e. *... 163 On the other hand, and of more importance to our study, there are the so-called narrative oppositions, that is, oppositions of action. He says that in a story, narrative oppositions are what makes the story progress.
Conflict in the Miracle Stories: A Socio-Exegetical Study of Matthew 8 and 9 by Evert-Jan Vledder