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The Torn Veil: Matthew's Exposition of the Death of Jesus
Gurtner, Daniel†M.

New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007 pp. xxii + 297. $90.00

Series Information
Society for New Testament Studies Monograph Series, 139


Description: Daniel M. Gurtner examines the meaning of the rending of the veil at the death of Jesus in Matthew 27:51a by considering the functions of the veil in the Old Testament and its symbolism in Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism. Gurtner incorporates these elements into a compositional exegesis of the rending text in Matthew. He concludes that the rending of the veil is an apocalyptic assertion like the opening of heaven revealing, in part, end-time images drawn from Ezekiel 37. Moreover, when the veil is torn Matthew depicts the cessation of its function, articulating the atoning role of Christ's death which gives access to God not simply in the sense of entering the Holy of Holies (as in Hebrews), but in trademark Matthean Emmanuel Christology: ĎGod with usí. This underscores the significance of Jesus' atoning death in the first gospel.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Literature

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Review by Tony Costa
Published 5/17/2008
Citation: Tony Costa, review of Daniel M. Gurtner, The Torn Veil: Matthew's Exposition of the Death of Jesus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


Review by Felix Cortez
Published 12/11/2009
Citation: Felix Cortez, review of Daniel†M. Gurtner, The Torn Veil: Matthew's Exposition of the Death of Jesus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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