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Matthew is the most familiar of the Gospels, best known for its parables, miracle narratives, and the long Sermon on the Mount. The special concern of the gospel is to proclaim that Jesus is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. In the light of Jesus' claim to fulfill the law (and not to abolish it), Albright and Mann take a fresh look at the legal discussions in Matthew's gospel. Their approach, which includes plenty of historical and linguistic evidence, places Jesus firmly in the framework of first-century Jewish traditions and gives new meanings to such key words as ''parables'' and ''hypocrite''. The result is a new respect for Matthew as a highly-reliable early source for the ministry of Jesus. Commentary includes author's own translation. Softcover from Yale University Press.
W.F. Albright, internationally regarded as the deal of biblical scholars, was Professor Emeritus, Oriental Seminary of John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He died in 1971. C.S. Man graduated with degrees from Kelham Theological College and King's College in London. He has taught high school, lectured in biblical studies, and has been Special Assistant for Humanities Projects at Coppin State College in Baltimore.
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