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Matthew: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist [Paperback]

By Warren Carter (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.56" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.73"
Weight:   0.94 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2005
Publisher   Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN  1565639855  
EAN  9781565639850  

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For the past ten years, the well-received first edition of this commentary has offered readers a way to look at scriptural texts that combines historical, narrative, and contemporary interests. Carter explores Matthew by approaching it from the perspective of the "authorial audience"-by identifying with and reading along with the audience imagined by the author. Now an updated second edition is available as part of a new series focusing on each of the gospel writers as storyteller, interpreter, and evangelist. This edition preserves the essential identity of the original material, while adding new insights from Carter's more recent readings of Matthew's gospel in relation to the Roman Imperial world. Four of the seventeen chapters have been significantly revised, and most have had minor changes. There are also new endnotes directing readers to Carter's more recent published work on Matthew. Scholars and pastors will use the full bibliography and appendix on redaction and narrative approaches, while lay readers will appreciate the clear and straightforward text.

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An Excellent One Volume Guide To Matthew's Gospel  Sep 10, 2005
Warren Carter's MATTHEW: STORYTELLER, INTERPRETER, EVANGELIST is a one volume introduction to the Gospel of Matthew. Carter intends it primarily for those studying the gospel in an academic setting. He divides the book into three sections: the first called before reading Matthew, the second reading Matthew, and the final after reading Matthew. Carter includes a good deal of historical research in the work, but looks at the gospel in the context of its original audience, which he believes to be the ostracized Jewish Christians in Antioch. He spends a good deal of time looking at the genre of the gospel and how its first hearers would have reacted and responded to it. He challenges those who are studying the gospel to try and do the same. Finally, he looks at how the gospel influenced other areas and what this can mean for believers today.

Carter includes an extensive bibliography which will make it helpful for anyone researching Matthew. It also has a biblical reference index that will aide the preacher or teacher in finding specific information on texts from the gospel.

This book was not available when I was formally studying scripture, so I never read it for a class or used it for research. I purchased it at a later date and have used it as a reference for preparing homilies during the Matthew cycle and in the preparation of Bible studies. I have found the book to be informative and helpful from a pastoral perspective. What I have done in the past is reread and reviewed the book in November in the years that Matthew's Gospel will be preached. Carter's scholarly information helps me understand the gospel better and his focus on the culture and people who would have first heard these words helps me better gear my homilies toward the people in my congregation.
Best Book on Matthew  Mar 28, 2000
Warren Carter has produced an introduction to the gospel of Matthew which should be both accessible to a wide audience and instructive to biblical specialists. Carter's concerns are primarily narrative. He has made significant progress in applying Chapman's model of narrative structure along with the narrative theory of Iser to Matthew's gospel. For those who are not initiated in issues of narrative hermeneutics, Carter explains and applies his method very clearly and deliberately. While interpreting the final form of the text, Carter does not ignore historical concerns. The implied reader of Matthew's gospel is the intended audience of the first century. Therefore, the informed reader of Matthew's narrative should know what they knew. To this end, Carter supplies a reasonable reconstruction of this audience and attempts to bring twentieth century readers as close as possible to the same reading location. A good example is his explanation of the likely tensions which existed between Jews and Christians at the time Matthew was written. The often harsh anti-Jewish polemic of this gospel is then carefully placed within this context. At the same time, Carter is aware that twentieth century readers bring their own life experiences to the text. This is not a verse by verse commentary, but a thorough exploration of the gospel's plot, characters, and events. Some readers may feel that certain parts of the story, particlarly the resurrection and crucifixion, receive too little attention. Nevertheless, this is a first-rate application of narrative criticism to the gospel of Matthew, which may also serve as a model for reading the other gospels.

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