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Matthew in History: Interpretation, Influence, and Effects


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In this provocative book, Ulrich Luz points the way beyond the limitations of the historical-critical method as it has been practiced during the past two centuries. He demonstrates the richness of the insights that can be gained when the interpreter considers a variety of effects and influences that a text has had in subsequent history—a method of inquiry he calls Wirkungsgeschichte.

This distinctive approach is here applied to the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 10, and Matthew 16:18. Insights from the ancient fathers, from scholastics, from Reformers and Anabaptists, and from many others are adduced to demonstrate the importance of the history of Christian thought for the interpretation of biblical texts.

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  • Discusses three profound segments in the Gospel of Matthew
  • Looks at the passages as well as their history
  • Examines what analyzing Scripture entails
  • The Limits of the Hisorical-Critical Method
  • History of Effects: A New Dimension of Understanding
  • Itinerant Radicals, Settled Communities, and the Church Today (Matthew 10)
  • Peter: The True Christian or the Pope? (Matthew 16)
  • The History of Effects and the Question of Truth
Students and pastors will welcome this book! It begins with the frank admission that because much current study of the Bible attempts openly to explain what scriptural texts meant in ancient times, it strikes the reader as irrelevant for life and experience today. Throughout the centuries, however, biblical texts have generated new meanings in new situations. The upshot is that biblical texts have a ‘history of effects,’ and this history is part of our history. Written in a lively style, this book is not only stimulating and highly informative but it also grapples successfully with the knotty problem of what interpreting Scripture entails.

Jack Dean Kingsbury, Aubrey Lee Brooks Professor of Theology, emeritus, at Union Theological Seminary

Ulrich Luz was born in 1938, and he studied theology in Zürich and Göttingen under Hans Conzelmann, Eduard Schweizer, and Gerhard Ebeling. He taught at the International Christian University in Tokyo (1970–1971) and at the University of Göttingen (1972–1980), and he is now professor of New Testament Studies at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He received honorary degrees from the universities of Leipzig, Budapest, and Sibiu and served as president of the Societas Novi Testamenti Studiorum in 1998. He is the author of numerous books including Matthew in History: Interpretation, Influence, and Effects.


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    Luz not only points the way beyond the historical-critical method but also beyond Reformed exegesis. Both of these methods seek to recover the original meaning of the text. According to Luz, the author is not the stable home of meaning. Rather, he argues that a text has a history of influence where new meanings are generated in new situations. I think this book makes valuable insights, but be aware that Luz's hermeneutics will make some evangelicals a little sqeamish.


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