Matthew within Sectarian Judaism

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John Kampen
The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , June
     2019.
     344 pages.
     $65.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780300171563.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Michael Kochenash forthcoming.

Description

A renowned scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls argues for reading the Gospel of Matthew as the product of a Jewish sect
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In this masterful study of what has long been considered the “most Jewish” gospel, John Kampen deftly argues that the gospel of Matthew advocates for a distinctive Jewish sectarianism, rooted in the Jesus movement. He maintains that the writer of Matthew produced the work within an early Jewish sect, and its narrative contains a biography of Jesus which can be used as a model for the development of a sectarian Judaism in Lower Syria, perhaps Galilee, toward the conclusion of the first century CE.
 
Rather than viewing the gospel of Matthew as a Jewish-Christian hybrid, Kampen considers it a Jewish composition that originated among the later followers of Jesus a generation or so after the disciples. This method of viewing the work allows readers to understand what it might have meant for members of a Jesus movement to promote their understanding of Jewish history and law that would sustain Jewish life at the end of the first century.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

John Kampen is Van Bogard Dunn Professor of Biblical Interpretation at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.

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