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A Historical Critical Examination Of MT 14:22–33

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This chapter discusses the key textual variants and unusual vocabulary in an attempt to clarify the meaning of the earliest form of the text. A historical examination therefore needs to begin with a consideration of the manuscript history and the clearest possible philological information about the vocabulary. The chapter considers the relationship between the parallel accounts in Mark, Matthew and John. It contributes to the form critical understanding that the deeper structure of a Gospel is made up of separate units of tradition. The chapter discusses a particular cultural issue, the cult of the 'divine man', to try and determine whether it had any significant influence on the shaping of Matthew's pericope. It moves to the deeper, second level of historical investigation with a reflection on the quest for the historical Jesus as it effects the interpretation of Mt 14:22-33.

Keywords:historical critical examination; Matthew's pericope; Mt 14:22-33; textual variants; unusual vocabulary



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