Beyond shame and honour : Matthew’s representation of the dignity code of Jesus

Show simple item record Domeris, Bill 2020-07-28T05:27:10Z 2020-07-28T05:27:10Z 2019-09
dc.description.abstract The Gospel of Matthew, across the centuries, has provided the bedrock for the instruction of Christians, especially new converts. The Gospel offers a multifaceted portrait of Jesus, perfect for an understanding of the Reign of Heaven (Kingdom of God) and challenging enough to remind the readers that like the home of the scribe, one can constantly find new treasures to discover. In this article, I examine the values which the Matthean Jesus espouses. I argue that Matthew’s Gospel highlights Jesus’ personal interactions and his ethical teaching in a deliberate manner. Jesus crosses boundaries, engages in economic discussions and promotes a praxis of caring for the vulnerable. In these interactions, we see Jesus challenging the prevailing honour and shame code and offering, through his actions and teaching, a positive alternative in the form of what I have termed his dignity code. Where the honour code promoted the pursuit of self-interest and personal glory, Jesus’ code personified humility and the dignity of others, especially those who were rendered vulnerable or were shamed by their society, including women, children and gentiles. en_ZA
dc.description.department New Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Domeris, B. 2019, 'Beyond shame and honour : Matthew’s representation of the dignity code of Jesus', Conspectus, vol. 28, pp. 18-34. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1996-8167
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher South African Theological Seminary en_ZA
dc.rights South African Theological Seminary en_ZA
dc.subject Dignity en_ZA
dc.subject Honour en_ZA
dc.subject Shame en_ZA
dc.subject Vulnerable en_ZA
dc.subject Gospel of Matthew en_ZA
dc.subject Matthean Jesus en_ZA
dc.subject Values en_ZA
dc.subject.other Theology articles SDG-10
dc.subject.other SDG-16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
dc.title Beyond shame and honour : Matthew’s representation of the dignity code of Jesus en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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