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The function of the Matthean Parables

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The study of the Matthean parables can throw fresh light on the intention, purpose and genre of the Gospel as a whole. This chapter explores the seven areas, noted in the Introduction, where new approaches to the Gospel are needed. They are examined under the five headings of: 1) micro- and macro-contexts, along with the associated figurative material there; 2) their literary redaction, Gattung, Form and structure; 3) their 'history of tradition' with consideration of synchronic and diachronic parallels, and how they were used; 4) their distinctiveness in relation to the corpus of parables; and 5) their distinctiveness in relation to redaction. In the light of refinements to the study of vocabulary and style in the Synoptic Gospels, the Streeter hypothesis, although preferable to all others, lacks a suitable model by which to monitor the changes from the sources to the finished Gospels.

Keywords: Gattung; Matthean parables; Streeter hypothesis; Synoptic Gospels



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