Jesus as role model in the gospel of Matthew: Does the Matthean Jesus practise what he preaches?
Sim, David 2010. Jesus as role model in the gospel of Matthew: Does the Matthean Jesus practise what he preaches? Australian Ejournal of Theology. 16, pp. 1 - 21.
Many scholars have argued that Jesus is presented as the definitive Christian role model in the Gospel of Matthew. In this text, especially in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus preaches a high standard of ethical conduct, and the remainder of the Gospel demonstrates how Jesus lives by these ideals. On this view, the Matthean Jesus practices what he preaches. But this thesis can be questioned. Jesus' attacks on the scribes and Pharisees, especially in Chapter 23, seem to conflict with his teachings in the Sermon, and Jesus' future activity as the final judge is also at odds with his earlier moral standards. Consequently, Jesus does not always practice what he preaches in Matthew, and this study aims to explain why this is the case.
|Journal||Australian Ejournal of Theology|
|Journal citation||16, pp. 1 - 21|
|Publisher||Australian Catholic University|
|Open access||Open access|
|Page range||1 - 21|
|Research Group||School of Theology|
|Place of publication||Australia|
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