This work uses literary (narrative) criticism to explore the world of
the evangelist Matthew. The focus is on the plot of the gospel story,
with discussions of the storylines, Jesus' speeches and journey, the
disciples' experiences, and the contemporary community.
The book is a completely revised and enlarged version of the first
edition. Two chapters have been added: one discussing the speeches of
Jesus and one tracing the storline of the religious leaders. Also,
chapter 5 on Jesus' use of "the Son of man" has been substantially
rewritten to explain more fully and more clearly the meaning and
function of this self-designation. Throughout the book, new topics
and insights have been added and developed, and the citations and
bibliography have been updated.
Dimensions6 x 9
Publication DateAugust 1, 1988
"To know what is going on in contemporary literary-critical interpretation of Matthew's Gospel, one must read Kingsbury's Matthew as Story, He has been the trailblazer in this area."
John P. Meier, The Catholic University of America
Table of Contents
Understanding Matthew: A Literary-Critical Approach
The Presentation of Jesus
The Ministry of Jesus to Israel and Israel's Repudiation of Jesus
The Journey of Jesus to Jerusalem and His Suffering, Death, and Resurrection
Jesus' Use of "the Son of Man"
The Great Speeches of Jesus
The Antagonists of Jesus
The Disciples of Jesus
The Community of Matthew
Index of References to Matthew