John the Baptist & the Jewish Setting
of Matthew

Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament 2.No.403

John the Baptist and the Jewish setting of Matthew

By: Brian C. Dennert
December 2015
Mohr Siebeck
Distributed by Coronet Books
ISBN: 9783161537080
348 Pages
$142.50 Paper original


Although current discussions about Matthew stressed the anchoring of the document in Judaism, these studies have not examined how the Jewish figure of John the Baptist acts within this framework. Brian C. Dennert closes this gap by showing that Matthew sees Jesus as a continuation and culmination of the clergy of St. John, to reinforce the demands of the grouping to Matthew and defame their opponents. Encouraged Matthew the Jews, and his group of association (especially those who appreciate him) and to distance themselves from their opponents. The author examines texts that have arisen in about the same time to Matthew. These show the esteem in which John the Baptist was met with at this time. The analysis of Matthew shows that the first evangelist brings the Baptist more closely with Jesus in conjunction with emphasizing his rejection by the Jewish authorities.