The Matthean Community in Early Christianity
As it has been just over 20 years since the presentation of my PhD dissertation on the Matthean Community,1 it was with some curiosity and no little trepidation that I have returned to this topic. That a great deal of relevant material had been published on the Gospel of Matthew in the meantime was something that I already knew, but it came as a surprise to me that I myself had developed as much as I have in my thinking, writing style and research methodology. As I have been re- researching and rewriting my arguments and presenting them in a new structure, my thinking has developed in some areas, and in one crucial matter I have become convinced that my earlier confidence was misplaced. Yet the conviction remains that there is still a great need for a new methodological model with which to approach the Matthean Community, and that its place in early Christianity is usually misjudged. These considerations have encouraged me in the hope that some might find this book to be a helpful contribution to the on-going scholarly debate as to how to determine the shape of the Matthean Community and where that community might fit within early Christianity. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the many institutions and individuals that have helped support the research underlying this book. Generous financial support has been provided by a number of institutions. These include the South Pacific Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, that sponsored my...
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