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'Natural World Imagery and the Sublime in the Gospel of Matthew'

Lee, Dorothy (2019) 'Natural World Imagery and the Sublime in the Gospel of Matthew'. Australian Biblical Review, 67. pp. 16-31. ISSN 0045-0308 (In Press)

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Abstract

Matthew’s Gospel uses creation imagery to communicate a sense of divine presence. In doing so, his depiction of natural events displays a sense of the sublime, a literary concept familiar to the ancient world through the treatise of Longinus, ‘On the Sublime’. In mountain scenes, sky signs, and sea and land turbulence, Matthew’s Gospel show an awareness of how the sublime operates within the narrative and how it communicates to its audience for moral and spiritual transformation. Manifestations of the sublime in nature have the capacity to speak the voice of the Matthean God, incorporating creation as well as human beings into the dynamics of salvation.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: sublime, creation, nature, apocalyptic, epiphanic, transformation, presence, ecstasy, narrative, mountain, sea, stars, earthquake, death, resurrection, kingdom
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: Trinity College Theological School
Depositing User: Prof Dorothy A. Lee
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2019 22:55
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 01:30
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3498

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