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Description - Conflict in the Miracle Stories by Evert-Jan Vledder

Matthew's Gospel is a witness to conflicting interests. The leaders of Israel are part of the so-called 'retainer class', who pursue their own interests by promoting the interests of the Roman rulers. Jesus (and the Matthaean community), on the contrary, acts on behalf of the marginalized in society. Jesus challenges the underlying values of the leaders who, contrary to what is expected, do not forgive and act mercifully. The leaders try to resolve the conflict negatively by labelling Jesus as possessed by the devil. At the same time, the conflict spirals onward: the Matthaean community is called to act in the interests of the marginalized. It is Vledder's special contribution to Matthaean study that he brings to light the underlying dynamics of this conflict in a stimulating sociological study.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781850756996
ISBN-10: 1850756996
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 17mm)
Pages: 278
Imprint: Sheffield Academic Press
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Evert-Jan Vledder

Dr Evert-Jan Vledder graduated from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and is a minister in the Hervormde Waddengemeente in Texel, The Netherlands.