While the Bridegroom is with Them
Marriage, Family, and Violence in the Gospel of Matthew
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of Pages: 254
Width: 15.6 cm
Height: 23.4 cm
Interpreters of Matthew's Parable of the Wedding Feast (22.1-14) typically associate the 'king' with God and then justify his violent attacks against city and guests; interpreters of the Parable of the Ten Virgins (25.1-13) typically associate the 'bridegroom' with Jesus and then justify his extreme rejection of the 'foolish virgins.' Questioning such allegorical interpretations, this study first details how Hebrew, Greek, and Roman texts depict - without requiring allegorical understandings - numerous bridegrooms associated not only with joy but also with violence and death. Second, this project appeals to the disruptive nature of parables, the feminist technique of resisting reading, and the Matthean Jesus's own ethical instructions to argue that in the parables, those who resist violent rulers and uncaring bridegrooms are the ones worthy of the Kingdom. The study then shows how the Matthean Jesus - the brideless, celibate bridegroom -- creates a fictive family by disrupting biological and marital ties, redefining masculinity, and undermining the desirability of marriage and procreation. JSNTS 292
'In her well-documented introduction, [Marianne Blickenstaff] lays out the lacuna in Matthean studies in relation to her combination of themes, which she seeks to fill with this study, a goal she has achieved convincingly....Her study is a significant one for all biblical scholars in a world characterized by violence.' Elaine Wainwright, University of Auckland, Australia, RBL, 10/2006--Sanford Lakoff "Rbl "