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Chapter Twelve

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Chapter Summary

Matthew takes the crowds as an exemplar of the outworking of the Deuteronomistic ethic. To interpret the crowds would be to assume that Matthew's portrayal of the crowds is entirely a historicized one. This view, which is particularly associated with Georg Strecker, argues that the groups in the gospel ought not to be interpreted transparently, but as figures belonging to the unrepeatable past. Without doubt, one or two features of Matthew's depiction of the Jewish leadership would favour Strecker's position. The crowds validate Matthew's interpretation of salvation-history. It is warranted to regard the crowds as transparent. Since both the Jewish leaders and the disciples appear to be interpreted in a transparent light, it is fitting that the crowds should be interpreted in the same way.

Keywords: Georg Strecker; Jewish leadership; Matthew; salvation-history



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