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Research on the Matthean parables can shed new light on the structure, purpose and genre of the Gospel of Matthew as a whole. That is the claim which is proposed to be examined in this book. First, the traditional hypotheses are proving inadequate as more detailed and disciplined work on the vocabulary and style of the Gospel is published. Second, the work of composition critics depends on the same basic literary assumptions which in the case of redaction criticism failed to produce secure and lasting results. Third, the impact of structuralism on the study of the Gospels raised profoundly important issues about Gospel interpretation. Fourth, hermeneutical study has thrown much light on the function of narrative in the Gospels. The definition of 'narrative' requires careful attention at a later stage, especially the relationship of 'narrative' to theology. The parables are an ideal means of narrowing down the area of research.

Keywords: Gospel; Matthean parables; Matthew



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