Matthew, the church and anti-Semitism

Show simple item record Viljoen, Francois P. 2008-10-09T09:23:12Z 2008-10-09T09:23:12Z 2007
dc.description.abstract The use of the noun ekklesia forms a distinctive feature in Matthew's Gospel. This term must have had a distinctive meaning for Matthew and his readers at the time he used it in his Gospel, though not as full blown as in the Pauline literature and later church history. At that stage the Matthean community considered itself outside the Jewish synagogues. This consideration can be noticed in the Matthean text, when reading the Matthean Jesus story as an "inclusive" story, including the story of the Matthean community. This story reveals a considerable portion of tension between the Matthean and Synagogue communities. An inattentive reading of this text has often unfairly led towards generalized Christian prejudice against all Jews. I argue that the conflict exposed in the text, must be read in context of the experiences of the Matthean community as to safeguard Christian from unjustified Anti-Semitism in general. Faith in or rejection of Jesus acts as dividing factor between the church and the synagogue, not ethnicity. en
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dc.identifier.citation Viljoen, FP 2007, 'Matthew, the church and anti-Semitism', Verbum et Ecclesia, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 698-718. [] en
dc.identifier.issn 1609-9982
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dc.publisher Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en
dc.rights Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria en
dc.subject Matthean community
dc.subject.lcsh Ekklesia (The Greek word)
dc.subject.lcsh Christianity and antisemitism
dc.subject.lcsh Christianity and other religions -- Judaism -- Early works to 1800
dc.subject.lcsh Church history -- Primitive and early church, ca. 30-600
dc.subject.lcsh Bible -- N.T. -- Matthew -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
dc.title Matthew, the church and anti-Semitism en
dc.type Article en

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