The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions: A Relevance-based Commentary
Basser, Herbert W. and Marsha B. Cohen
Leiden: Brill, 2015 pp. xxii + 794. $301.00
Brill Reference Library of Judaism, 46
Description: In The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions, Herbert W. Basser, with the editorial help of Marsha Cohen, utilizes his encyclopaedic knowledge of Judaism to navigate Matthew’s Gospel. This close, original reading explicates Matthew’s use of Jewish concepts and legal traditions that have not been fully understood in the past. Basser highlights Gospel sources that are congruent with a wide swath of extant Jewish writings from various provenances. Matthew affirms Jesus’ end-of-days—the coming of the Kingdom—salvation message: initially meant for Jews, it is the Gentiles who embraced his message and teachings that encouraged their faith and simple trust. Matthew’s literary art manages to preserve the Jewish details in his sources while disclosing an anti-Jewish and pro-Gentile bias.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism
Review by Akiva Cohen
Citation: Akiva Cohen, review of Herbert W. Basser with Marsha B. Cohen, The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions: A Relevance-based Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).
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