Tradition, Form, and Theological Investigation
The present analysis of the five dream accounts of Matthew 1:18-2:23 reveals that they fall into the message dream category. Each dream has at least one narrative function. In other words, Matthew does not merely record the dream experiences of the individuals but uses dreams to achieve his narrative objective.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgments xi List of Abbreviations xiii Chapter One: Introduction 1 Chapter Two: Dreams in the Ancient Near East 19 Chapter Three: Dreams in the Old Testament 59 Chapter Four: Dreams in Greco-Roman and Second Temple Period Literature 87 Chapter Five: Literature Review of the Dreams of Matthew 1:18–2:23 129 Chapter Six: Dreams of Matthew 1–2 151 Chapter Seven: Conclusion 201 Bibliography 205
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