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A Literary Critical Examination Of MT 14:22–33

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There have been a number of recent studies of Matthew using a variety of literary techniques to analyse the Gospel text. This chapter presents a literary critical examination of Mt 14:22-33 which is intended to highlight certain significant literary features, rather than to analyze the story according to a single rigid scheme. In fact, the Gospels all tend towards a covert narrator, which could arise from the desire to preserve earlier 'sayings' traditions: the intention being to allow Jesus' traditional words to stand relatively free of narrated explanation. A metacritical theory attempts a description that will account for all the specific examples of a phenomenon by identifying its underlying structures. The fact that the Gospels were written in the context of pre-existing traditions about Jesus will affect their literary texture.

Keywords:Gospel text; metacritical theory; Mt 14:22-33



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