Thursday, June 26, 2008

Think Further on Matt 12.24-37

Updated on 30 July 2008: Previously I wrote Matt 11.24-37, but was then rectified to Matt 12.24-37. Thanks to Kar Yong and Alex Tang for pointing out.

Earlier today, I posted some rumbles about the starling passage. After further thoughts on it, and being influenced by Hegel's dialectic, I postulate that the author of Matthew was explicitly responding to St. Paul's idea of justification.

St. Paul wrote his epistles, especially Galatians and Romans, between 49-64 A.D. In both epistles, he expounded his understanding of salvation and the relation between the converted Jews and the converted Gentiles. And if the gospel of Matthew was written between 65-90 A.D, and if the gospel had the Jews as the intended immediate readers in mind, then the author could be addressing some post-Paul issues among the Christian Jewish community.

And if that is true, then the portion in Matt 12.24-37 will be Matthew's direct response to St. Paul's theology of justification. And with the reference to Matt 12.24 ("Pharisees"), the author probably primarily had St. Paul in mind.







V.S

3 comments:

Kar Yong said...

You sure you got your Matthew passage right?

Or maybe I am reading the wrong bible :-)

Alex Tang said...

I am confused too. Not from the orthodoxic study bible, is it?

Sze Zeng said...

Hi KY & Alex,

So sorry for the confusion. It's Matt 12.24-37!