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Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew's Gospel in the Church Today

Byrne, Brendan (2004) Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew's Gospel in the Church Today. Liturgical Press, Collegeville. ISBN 081463026X

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This exposition of Matthew's Gospel contends that Matthew presents Jesus as interpreting the Torah in a way that is burden-lifting in contrast to the burden-imposing approach of the scribes and Pharisees (Matt 23:3) and gives primacy to the weightier matters of the Torah—justice, mercy, and faith (23:23). Central to this presentation of Jesus is the twice-occurring appeal, unique to Matthew, to the prophetic text Hos 6:6, with its insistence on the favouring mercy before sacrifice (Matt (9:13; 12:7). Other aspects of the Gospel that reinforce this presentation include the stress upon the ministry of Jesus as healing and the explicit portrayal of him in terms of the Servant figure of Isaiah. While Jesus personal ministry is confined to Israel, in telling the story Matthew consistently foreshadows the worldwide mission of the post-Easter church in which, as risen Lord, Jesus will be the Messiah in whom the nations (Gentiles) will place their hope (Matt 12:21; cf. Isa 42:1-4).

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: New Testament, Gospel, biblical interpretation, Matthew, Torah, Pharisees, Israel
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: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Users 2 not found.
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2009 03:21
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2009 03:21
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/68

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