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Mainstream or Marginal?

McIver, Robert K.

Mainstream or Marginal?

The Matthean Community in Early Christianity

Series: Friedensauer Schriftenreihe - Volume 12

Year of Publication: 2012

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 272 pp.
ISBN 978-3-631-63854-5 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.460 kg, 1.014 lbs

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Book synopsis

This book constructs a profile of the Matthean Community by using insights from sociology and studies of oral and chirographic cultures, together with a careful investigation of the material unique to the Gospel of Matthew. A picture emerges of a self-regulating, independent community with the kind of strong self-definition and tension with its surrounding society characteristic of a sect. It had a high regard for law and practiced Sabbath-observance, as well as observing the distinction between clean and unclean foods. The community viewed its members as saved sinners who should conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to those who await the soon return of their Lord. Somewhat provocatively, this book argues that the Matthean Community was likely to be mainstream in early Christianity, not marginal.


Contents: Jewish Christianity – Prophets and Wandering Charismatics – Syrian Antioch – Trustworthy and Precarious Foundations – Methodological Challenges Facing Research – Orality and Gospel Traditions – Two-Sources Hypothesis – Community Standards of Behaviour – Basic Research Tool – Synoptic Comparison – Matthean Sondergut – Kingdom of Heaven – Leadership – Sabbath – Controversy with Judaism – End of the Age.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

Robert K. McIver is Head of the School of Ministry and Theology, Avondale College, Cooranbong (Australia), and served as president of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Theological Schools from 2008 to 2011. He is the author of 5 published books, including Memory, Jesus, and the Synoptic Gospels.


Friedensauer Schriftenreihe. Reihe A: Theologie. Bd. 12
Herausgegeben von Friedbert Ninow, Wolfgang Kabus und Horst Friedrich Rolly