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Jesus, Revolutionary of the Poor: Matthew’s Subversive Messiah
Bredin, Mark

Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2017 pp. xiv + 227. $49.00

Description: Is Jesus relevant to the sufferings of the helpless, the voiceless, those dying of hunger, those traumatized by violence, people with learning difficulties? In Matthew, we see Jesus to be a man on the frontline, battling against the forces that stop the non-poor from living generously, and the poorest of the poor living abundantly the way God intended. This is Jesus as one who in his very being is an expression of God's wrath against human beings who live their lives as if creation is a battle zone where only the selfish and powerful flourish. Matthew's Jesus is outraged at the lethargy and apathy that permits non-poor people to live according to practices that lead so many to be excluded from the fruits of God's creation. But the Jesus found in this gospel is also one who teaches that God has created a world that is good to see; it is abundant as long as people live according to the dynamic order God has inwardly established in creation, one rooted in generosity, hospitality, love, self-sacrifice, righteousness, justice, Torah, and mercy.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Sociology

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Review by Vien V. Nguyen, SCJ
Published 1/16/2020
Citation: Vien V. Nguyen, SCJ, review of Mark Bredin, Jesus, Revolutionary of the Poor: Matthew’s Subversive Messiah, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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