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The (Im)Polite Jesus

An Analysis of Jesus’ Verbal Rudeness in Matthew’s Gospel


Carlos Olivares

This book is an informed, focused, deep, and creative analysis of the topic of (im)politeness applied to Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel, with in-depth conclusions and analysis about the Matthean Jesus’ (im)politeness. This study utilizes innovative methodological approaches regarding the analysis and interpretation of the subject in Matthew’s Gospel, finding similarities with the language and (im)polite engagements of other first-century Greco-Roman characters and the Matthean Jesus in similar contexts.

The (Im)Polite Jesus would make an excellent addition for studies on Matthew’s Gospel or courses focused on biblical studies, biblical literature, biblical hermeneutics, methodologies, and in discussions about exposing interpreters’ cultural biases when addressing the topic of (im)politeness.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Olivares, Carlos (Chilean Adventist Pastor), author. Title: The (im)polite Jesus: an analysis of Jesus’ verbal rudeness in Matthew’s gospel / Carlos Olivares. Description: New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2016. Series: Studies in biblical literature; vol. 167 | ISSN 1089-0645 Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2016016367 | ISBN 978-1-4331-3442-5 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4539-1895-1 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-3644-3 (epub) ISBN 978-1-4331-3645-0 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Bible. Matthew—Criticism, interpretation, etc. Courtesy—Biblical teaching. | Etiquette—Biblical teaching. Classification: LCC BS2575.52 .O45 2016 | DDC 226.2/06—dc23 LC record available at Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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