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The Matthean Beatitudes in Their Jewish Origins

A Literary and Speech Act Analysis

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Michelle Howell Hancock

The Matthean Beatitudes in Their Jewish Origins: A Literary and Speech Act Analysis examines how Matthew used Jewish concepts as paradigmatic utterances for the Matthean community. In fact, the Gospel of Matthew was the most Jewish of the Synoptic Gospels, and Matthew’s paradigm was the needed transition for understanding the role of the new community post-70 AD. The importance and role of Jewish concepts is evident in Matthew’s work. More specifically, the literary nature of the Beatitudes demonstrates a composition that evolved from oral origins. Speech act theory is utilized to point out the oral features of the text as well as to reveal what Jesus did in his sayings. Moreover, a speech act model is presented and applied to the Beatitudes’ pericope. Their significance lies in the authoritative utterances of Jesus. By employing speech act theory on the Beatitudes, the sayings of Jesus are investigated to illustrate the force of his eloquence on the Christian community.

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References Index Old Testament Genesis 1–3 232 2:4 49 5:1 49 12:1–3 49, 103, 121, 142, 153, 217 12:1 49 12:2 49 15:17 174 32:30 154 Exodus 4:22–23 50 15:19 147 16–17 140 25:31–40 178 30:35 170, 178 33:20 154 34:9 142 40:34–38 179 Leviticus 2:13 170, 171, 178, 217 4:3 89 6:22 89 19:18 59 25 266 Numbers 6:22–27 217 6:24–27 217 6:24–26 121, 203 18:19 178, 217 Deuteronomy 5:26 154 6:5 59 7:6 121 16:20 147 26:19 121 28 121 I Samuel 16:13 90 24:10 90 24:20 177 26:21 177 II Samuel 7:10–16 49 7:10–11 50 7:11–16 124 7:12–16 103, 217 7:12 50 7:13–16 50 I Chronicles 29:10 176 II Chronicles 13:5 178 24:20–21 168 36:16 168 The Matthean Beatitudes in Their Jewish Origins 334 Nehemiah 9:26 168 Job 3:1 114 33:2 114 Psalms 1 117, 122, 197, 198 2:12 197, 198 9 124 10 124 12:5 134 14:6 133 15 161 15:1–5 199 17:15 154 24:3–10 124 24:3–4 145 24:4–6 154 24:5 145 25:6 142 27:5 154 29 124 32 117 32:1...

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