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Mainstream or Marginal?

The Matthean Community in Early Christianity

by Friedbert Ninow (Author)
Monographs 272 Pages
Series: Friedensauer Schriftenreihe, Volume 12

Summary

This book constructs a profile of the Matthean Community by using insights from sociology and studies of oral and chirographic cultures, together with a careful investigation of the material unique to the Gospel of Matthew. A picture emerges of a self-regulating, independent community with the kind of strong self-definition and tension with its surrounding society characteristic of a sect. It had a high regard for law and practiced Sabbath-observance, as well as observing the distinction between clean and unclean foods. The community viewed its members as saved sinners who should conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to those who await the soon return of their Lord. Somewhat provocatively, this book argues that the Matthean Community was likely to be mainstream in early Christianity, not marginal.

Details

Pages
272
ISBN (PDF)
9783653017274
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631638545
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (August)
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 272 pp.

Biographical notes

Friedbert Ninow (Author)

Robert K. McIver is Head of the School of Ministry and Theology, Avondale College, Cooranbong (Australia), and served as president of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools from 2008 to 2011. He is the author of 5 published books, including Memory, Jesus, and the Synoptic Gospels.

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