Let Your Peace Come upon It: Healing and Peace in Matthew 10:1-15

Let Your Peace Come upon It: Healing and Peace in Matthew 10:1-15

Let Your Peace Come upon It: Healing and Peace in Matthew 10:1-15

Let Your Peace Come upon It: Healing and Peace in Matthew 10:1-15

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More than ever the horizons in biblical literature are being expanded beyond that which is immediately imagined; important new methodological, theological, and hermeneutical directions are being explored, often resulting in significant contributions to the world of biblical scholarship. It is an exciting time for the academy as engagement in biblical studies continues to be heightened.

This series seeks to make available to scholars and institutions scholarship of a high order which will make a significant contribution to the ongoing biblical discourse. Established and innovative directions are included, covering general and particular areas in biblical study. For every volume considered for this series, we ask the question as to whether it will push the horizons of biblical scholarship. The answer must be yes for inclusion.

John Ridgway’s interest in this work was shaped in fundamental ways by the practical and logistical pursuit and talk of peace in the society. In this volume, John Ridgway’s study of peace and healing in Matthew 10:1–15 paves the way for us, both as professional scholars and laity, to pursue new and enlightening directions in the exploration of this text. While this is a scholarly study with all of the necessary technical language and methodologies, I am equally struck by the importance which it will have for the larger engagement with issues of peace, health, and well-being in our world. Professor Ridgway explores in depth three foundational concepts: in both biblical and extra-biblical contexts.

This volume is meticulously researched and clearly written, utilizing extensively both primary and secondary sources. The intent of this series is to expand the horizons of biblical scholarship and Professor Ridgway has certainly done this. His conclusions will have to be reck-

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