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Experiencing Irony in the First Gospel: Suspense, Surprise and Curiosity
McDaniel, Karl

London: Bloomsbury, 2013 pp. viii + 195. $120.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 488



Description: The Gospel of Matthew is both deliberately deceptive and emotionally compelling.Karl McDaniel explores ways in which the narrative of the Gospel of Matthew elicits and develops the emotions ofsuspense, surprise, and curiosity within its readers. While Matthew 1:21 invites readers to expect Jewish salvation, progressive failure of the plot's main characters to meet Jesus' salvation requirements creates increasing suspense for the reader. How will Jesus save 'his people'? The commission to the Gentiles at the Gospel's conclusion provokes reader surprise, and the resulting curiosity calls readers back to the narrative's beginning.Upon rereading with a retrospective view, readers discover that the Gentile mission was actually foreshadowed throughout the narrative, even from its beginning, and they are invited to partake in Jesus' final commission.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches

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Review by Glenna Jackson
Published 7/16/2015
Citation: Glenna Jackson, review of Karl McDaniel, Experiencing Irony in the First Gospel: Suspense, Surprise and Curiosity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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