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Title: The recapitulation of Israel : use of Israel's history in Matthew 1:1-4:11
Author: Kennedy, R. Joel
ISNI:       0000 0000 8189 1079
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2008
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The argument of this thesis is that Israel’s history is utilised within Matthew’s christology, serving a key role in the story of Jesus as narrated by Matthew. The term most apt in describing the utilisation of Israel’s history in Matthew is recapitulation.  In the first chapter, it is argued that the genealogy (1:1-17) recapitulates Israel’s history in a narratological and teleological manner to focus upon Jesus Christ as the fulfilment of Israel’s history.  In the second chapter, it is argued that in Matthew 2:1-23 Jesus passively recapitulates Israel’s history, reliving primarily the exodus experience of Israel.  In the third chapter, it is argued that in Matthew 3:1-4:11, Jesus actively recapitulates Israel’s history as the representative embodiment of Israel. Every possible interpretive aspect is utilised to ascertain the use of Israel’s history in Matthew.  This requires an eclectic combination of critical approaches, retaining the strengths and overcoming the weaknesses within each.  Methodologically this includes, a textually focused approach, observing literary components, utilising historical and comparative parallels and environment, and a theological orientation that recognizes the Evangelist’s principal focus is Christological.  Discovering and describing the recapitulation of Israel in Matthew 1:1-4:11 is the cohesive and distinctive viewpoint throughout this thesis. The christology of Matthew and the use of the Old Testament in Matthew are essential ingredients toward unfolding the use of recapitulation in Matthew.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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