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Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew's Gospel in the Church Today [Paperback]

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Pages   249
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  081463026X  
EAN  9780814630266  

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The title echoes Matthew 11:28-30: "Come to me all you who labor and are overburdened, ..." and the general orientation of the book, which attempts to read Matthew through the lens of Hosea 6:6: "What I [God] want is mercy not sacrifice," which Matthew quotes twice (9: 13; 12:7). In contrast to the "burden-imposing" interpretation of the Torah by the scribes and Pharisees (23:3), Matthew presents Jesus as interpreting the Torah in a way that is "burden-lifting" and gives primacy to the "weightier matters of the Torah: justice, mercy, and peace" (23:23).

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Judgment is a focal point for many interpreters of Matthew. To some people, God is seen as a server and helper to those in need, but to others He is seen as judging and accessible only to the elite. The burden of impending judgment can be a heavy load to carry, but does it need to be?

Selecting passages from Matthew, Brendan Byrne demonstrates an awareness of Jesus as one who lightens humanity's burdens rather than adding to them. "Lifting the Burden" contains methods of interpretation that are sensitive to the concerns of Christianity and Judaism as it focuses on the elements of the Gospel that balance the importance of judgment and view judgment within a larger context.

"Brendan Byrne, SJ, DPhil, is a professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, within the United Faculty of Theology, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of "Romans" from the "Sacra Pagina" series, and "Pal and the Christian Woman" and is a contributor to the "New Jerome Bible Handbook," published by Liturgical Press."

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Brendan Byrne, SJ, is professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, Parkville, Victoria, Australia. A member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission (1990-96) and Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (2 -), he is editor in chief of the theological journal "Pacifica". Byrne is the author of numerous books, including "Romans" in the Sacra Pagina series and a three- volume commentary on the Synoptic Gospels (Liturgical Press). He is currently preparing a similar commentary on the Gospel of John.

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A scholarly study of the book of Matthew  Feb 12, 2005
Written by a professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College of Melbourne, Australia Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew's Gospel in the Church Today is a scholarly study of the book of Matthew, in particular looking at how Matthew relates Jesus Christ's interpretation of the Torah as "burden-lifting", as opposed to the "burden-imposing" interpretation of the Toray as held by the scribes and Pharisees. An extensively researched, in-depth dissection of scripture spanning early and later Galilean ministry, Jesus' journey to to Jerusalem, and His sacrifice. Extensive index of scripture and referenced modern authors allow for quick cross-examination in this welcome contribution to Christian and religious studies shelves.

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