Isaiah's Christ in Matthew's Gospel
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 260
Width: 14 cm
Height: 21.6 cm
Matthew's Jesus is typically described as the humble, compassionate messiah. This 2002 book argues that this is, however, only half the story. Matthew's theologically rich quotation of Isaiah 42.1-4, traditionally considered one of the four servant songs, underscores that manifest in Jesus' powerful message and deeds, particularly his healings and inclusion of the marginalized, is the justice that was thought to accompany the arrival of the kingdom of God. The study explores modifications to the text-form of the Isaianic citations, their relationship to the surrounding context, and the rhetorical force of the final form. It argues that the quotations are bi-referential, functioning on both a narrative and theological level, and also explores the issues surrounding the troublesome 'extraneous' content. It arrives at the conclusion that this citation was central to Matthew's understanding of Jesus' life and mission. All totalled, this study offers a refreshing exploration of Matthew's high, ethical Christology.
'... a stimulating and well argued piece of work ... Richard Beaton's book is an excellent contribution.' Journal of the New Testament Society of South Africa '... his emphasis on the ethical dimension of Matthew's Christology is to be welcomed. He is also to be commended on the depth of his exegesis of key Old Testament citations in Matthew, and on the extent to which he is able to draw on an extensive range of relevant scholarship. This book will be appreciated by all those with an interest in Matthew's Gospel, in the use of the Old Testament in the New, or in early Christian Christologies.' Susan Docherty, Scripture Bulletin 'Beaton demonstrates that Matthew's use of this (and other) Isaiah text(s) is more complex than previously believed, exhibiting a bi-referential function in the final form of Matthew ... Beaton has certainly mad a fine contribution to the field of Judeo-Christian exegetical practices and toward a better understanding of Matthean Christiology.' European Journal of Theology