Hellenistic Dimensions of the Gospel
of Matthew

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2. No. 414

Crossing borders and boundaries in public service media (kartonnage)

By: Robert S. Kinney
July 2016
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161545238
338 Pages
$149.50 Paper original


Looking for the Matthean theology research that Matthew often seen as the most Jewish of all the gospels. Studies on the "Sitz im Leben" focus very often on the relationship with Judaism: They assert that Matthew wrote either from a secluded Jewish community or as the leader of a pagan rebellion against such communities. Although this is an important point to understand the Gospel of Matthew, too much is often interpreted into a link between Judaism and Hellenism (by Martin Hengel). The scientists who deal with this issue, ignore the origin of Matthew, which was deeply rooted in Greek culture, and the Hellenization of Judaism in the 1st century. Robert S. Kinney advocates a mixed perspective that 'does not deny influence of Jewish sources and ideas, but shows traces of Greek and Roman sources, with a particular focus on identifying Matthew's Matthew rhetoric and for possible traces of Greek -römischen philosophy teachers who gathered disciples around him, is placed.