The Vision of Matthew: Christ, Church, and Morality in the First Gospel
Meier, John P
“A valuable contribution to Matthean studies...lucidly written and convincingly argued.”See All
Journal of Biblical Literature
“One of the finest and most perceptive studies of Matthew's understanding of Christian morality that I know of...a superbly informed guide.”See All
Myles M. Bourke
“In the 1970s John Meier did much technical work on Matthew. Since then he has developed into one of the top Catholic biblical scholars in the United States. 'The Vision of Matthew' is the synthesis and (semi-) popular presentation of his research. It will be the place where people go to find out what John thought about Matthew. ”See All
Daniel J. Harrington
“Meier's book is excellent, supplying a very intelligible approach. It is basic enough to be used as a text in college courses, and yet has quality scholarship so that it can be warmly recommended to seminary and more advanced students of the New Testament. Meier is clearly first in American Catholic scholars on Matthew.”See All
Raymond E. Brown
“On rare occasions, there is a perfect match of scholar and subject matter; this book is one of them. Carefully researched, superbly organized, and gracefully written, it is one of those volumes every student of the Gospel of Matthew needs to own.”See All
Paul J. Achtemeier
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In this volume Father Meier explores how Matthew remodeled the form, the Christological message, and the moral demand of the gospel. Part I shows Matthew's church in crisis. It was experiencing a shift in its Christian existence: from a narrow Jewish-Christian past to a universal Gentile future. To preserve yet reinterpret the particularistic traditions of that Jewish-Christian past, Matthew drew up a model of salvation history and then reshaped the gospel message to fit it. Part II offers a mini-commentary on the whole gospel to illustrate this reshaping of the message. Pericope by pericope, Matthew presents Jesus as Son of God and Son of Man, and therefore as 'the' definitive teacher of his Church. Indeed, the nexus between Christ and his Church emerges as the outstanding characteristic of Matthew's gospel. Part III studies Matthew's construction of a unified moral vision on the basis of this connection between Christ and Church. The basic stance of Jesus and his disciples towards the Mosaic Law is one of fulfillment - a 'prophetic' fulfillment which involves at times a deepening of, at times the abrogation of, the letter of the Law.