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Matthew’s Theological Grammar: The Father and the Son
Leim, Joshua E.

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2015 pp. xiii + 298. €84.00

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Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 2/402

Description: To say that the 7rst Gospel is about Jesus is to state what any reader knows from the most cursory glance at Matthew's narrative. Yet the scholarly discourse about Jesus' identity in Matthew reveals a fundamental confusion about how to articulate the identity of Jesus vis-à-vis “God” in the narrative. In this work, Joshua Leim attempts to bring greater clarity to the articulation of Jesus' identity in Matthew by attending more precisely to two linguistic patterns woven deeply into the entire narrative's presentation of Jesus: Matthew's christological use of “worship/obeisance” language (proskyneō) and his paternal-7lial idiom. Along with exploring the role these linguistic patterns play in the narrative, the author attempts to hear such language in relation to early Judaism and its articulation of the identity of the God of Israel. The study of these various elements yields the conclusion that the identity of God and Jesus Christ are inseparably related in Matthew's Gospel. Matthew articulates the identity of Israel's God around the Father-Son relation.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by Steven M. Bryan
Published 6/14/2018
Citation: Steven M. Bryan, review of Joshua E. Leim, Matthew’s Theological Grammar: The Father and the Son, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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