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Matthew, Poet of the Beatitudes

by Green, H. Benedict

Sheffield Academic Press 2001

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Green argues that the Beatitudes in Matthew's version are a carefully constructed poem, exhibiting a number of the characteristics of Hebrew poetry as we know it from the Old Testament. However, as certain of these characteristics, such as rhyme and alliteration, cannot survive translation, what we have here is an original composition in Greek. This is shown to be no isolated phenomenon in the gospel. A series of texts found at specially significant points in it disclose similar characteristics. The findings cut across conventional source attributions and reveal the creative hand of the evangelist. By studying the individual beatitudes in their relation to each other as revealed by the formal structure, fresh light is thrown upon their meaning and their background in the scriptures of the Old Testament.

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  • Title: Matthew, Poet of the Beatitudes
  • Author: H. Benedict Green
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2001
  • Pages: 352

About H. Benedict Green

H. Benedict Green was formerly Principal, College of the Resurrection, Mirfield and Associate Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Leeds.

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