The Theology of the Gospel of Matthew (New Testament Theology)
Matthew's Gospel is the most significant Jewish-Christian document of the New Testament. Ulrich Luz both outlines and elucidates the story told in the Gospel, emphasizing its focal points: the Sermon on the Mount, the miracles, the renunciation of possessions, and particularly the theology of judgment by works, an idea that represents both a challenge, in its quest for a church set apart from non-Christians by deeds alone, and a burden, through its traumatic origin in the breach between Matthew's community and the Israelite majority.
A worthy look at the Gospel of Matthew
By Brian Gamel - September 26, 2003
A much better treatment than this series' respective book on Mark, this book on Matthew succeeds in grasping an essence of Matthew's thought-patterns and setting.While most books in this series have a very contrived structure - introduction and backgroud, theology of, book and NT, book and today - Luz instead presents Matthew's theology in the context of its plot, realizing the necessity of integrating the story to the theology. As becomes clear, Matthew's focus is on discipleship and what it means to be a true disciple of Jesus (according to him). The grapplings of Jewish Christians with the Gentile mission, of observance to and relevance of the law for their life, and the importance of "works" are all themes elucidated clearly by Luz.In the end, Luz tackles the problem of relating Matthew's works orientation to Paul's justification by faith in more than an adequate manner, although any such "solution" is always incomplete.Overall, the book is well... read more
Story as theology
By Bahij Bawarshi - August 24, 2007
Ulrich Luz gives full weight to the idea that Matthew wrote his Gospel as a *story* of Jesus, with the purpose of conveying a theological message to its intended readers. The story has a developing plot, inviting us to read it as a whole, not in isolated parts. Luz traces the story and its implications from beginning to end, rather than attempt to organize it systematically by topic. Here are a few glimpses into the study:
Luz does not apply the categories of literary criticism (implied author, narrator, etc.), but his narrative approach accommodates theological statements such as, "The Immanuel motif shows that Matthew's Christology is narrative in character. The presence of God can only be related and testified, not captured in concepts." And, "[I]n the *story* of the man Jesus, God *acts* [author's emphases]."
Reading the Gospel in its entirety uncovers signals, key words and other textual clues that enable Luz to propose, for example, a history of the... read more
a solid, narrative theology
By t.howe - January 17, 2011
Luz' produces his theology of Matthew via examination of the "story" of Matthew. His first chapter explains the overall coherency of Matthew focusing on Matthew's use of signals, prophecies, key words, repetition, and inclusions as story-telling technique. He suggests how Matthew used the sources available to him - Mark, Q, and a "sayings source" and he speaks about the Matthean community. Next he identifies the Prologue (1:1-4:22) which sets up who Jesus is by His birth story, then a developing Christology through fulfillment of the scriptures.
chapter 3 does a good job on the Sermon on the Mount and chapter 4 deals with the inclusiveness that Jesus intended but the conflict that Jesus found with Israel. Luz believes that Matthew creates this because it is really his community who is in conflict with Jewish leaders causing Matthew to lose coherency. 12:1-16:20 covers the origin of the discipleship community caused by Israel's rejection of Jesus and the disciples'... read more
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