Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Chapter One

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

This is the introductory chapter of the book The Crowds in the Gospel of Matthew. It presents an overview of how the other chapters in the book are organized. The book proposes to undertake an analysis of the Matthew's crowds' identity, role, and function within the gospel. The first section of the book sets out to identify the crowds at the historical (or narrative) level. The second section begins with an account of Jesus' ministry to the crowds. The third section addresses the "unfavourable" portrayal of the crowds. It begins with their description of Jesus as a prophet, and then moves to an assessment of the crowds' involvement in Jesus' arrest and trial. The final section deals with the issue of the crowds' transparency in the gospel. Matthew's ambivalent depiction ultimately arises from his use of two contradictory biblical topoi to characterize the Jewish people in the gospel.

Keywords: Gospel of Matthew; Jesus' arrest; Jesus' ministry; Jewish people; Matthew's crowds; prophet



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Crowds in the Gospel of Matthew — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation