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.
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS I am indebted to acknowledge a few important persons who played vital roles to help me complete this work. My wife, Alice, and our children, Jonathan and Judith, walked tirelessly with me in this long journey with their faithful prayers. I must acknowledge that they sacrificed willingly a great deal along the way. Next to my wife and children, the Furgersons played a major role in the completion of this work. While I was working on this project, the Furgersons became my cheerleaders by supporting me and my family with prayers and timely provisions. I praise God for them! My home church, North Garland Baptist Fellowship, walked right beside me with support of various kinds and kept me on course. Special thanks to Barry Calhoun. Finally, I respectfully acknowledge the contributions of my advisor Dr. Darrell L. Bock and my research committee professors Drs. Michael H. Burer, John W. Hilber, Richard A. Taylor, and late Harold Hoehner.
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