'The blind and the lame' : An adapted category in early Christian communal self-understanding

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Crabbe, Kylie. (2021). 'The blind and the lame' : An adapted category in early Christian communal self-understanding. In In Barclay, John M.G. and Crabbe, Kylie (Ed.). The reception of Jewish tradition in the social imagination of the early Christians pp. 107-128 Bloomsbury T & T Clark. https://doi.org/10.5040/9780567696014.ch-006
AuthorsCrabbe, Kylie
EditorsBarclay, John M.G. and Crabbe, Kylie
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[Excerpt] Kylie Crabbe In his commentary on Matthew’s gospel, Ulrich Luz suggests that in Mt. 21. 1–17, ‘the blind and the lame’ who approach Jesus in the temple represent the ‘true people of God’, in contrast to both the money changers who Jesus has just run out of the temple and the chief priests who stand by critically. He intimates that early Christian readers would identify with these (ultimately healed) characters and recognize them as the new community of which they were themselves a part. In response to Luz’s proposal, this essay considers key New Testament texts which refer to ‘the blind and the lame’ in light of the portraits of these groups in the Hebrew Bible, and various ways in which these are taken up in the Septuagint and sectarian literature from Qumran, to explore whether and how these terms might inform early Christian corporate identity.

Page range107-128
Year2021
Book titleThe reception of Jewish tradition in the social imagination of the early Christians
PublisherBloomsbury T & T Clark
Place of publicationLondon ; New York
ISBN9780567695994
9780567696014
9780567696007
9780567696021
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.5040/9780567696014.ch-006
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