Matthew 1-7: A Continental Commentary

Matthew 1-7: A Continental Commentary

Matthew 1-7: A Continental Commentary

Matthew 1-7: A Continental Commentary

Synopsis

In this groundbreaking work, leading scholars and experts set out to explore the utility of the concept of affordance in the study and understanding of terrorism and political violence.

Affordance is a concept used in a variety of fields, from psychology to artificial intelligence, which refers to how the quality of an environment or object allows an individual to perform a specific action. This concept can represent an important element in the process of choice involved in behavior, and is closely related to situational analyses of criminal behavior. In this book, the contributors set out to explore how this concept can be used to study terrorism and, as a result, develop management strategies. Essays discuss such topics as affordance in relation to counterterrorism, technology, cyber-jihad, ideology, and political ecologies.

By importing the concept of affordance and a new set of research to the study of terrorism, the authors offer an innovative and original work that challenges and adds to various aspects of situational crime prevention and counterterrorism.

Excerpt

With relief and gratitude, I submit the first volume on “Matthew.” A sympathetic colleague of another discipline once suggested that it probably is the penitential act par excellence today to write a voluminous commentary on a New Testament book. He was thinking of the flood of secondary literature which proves to be more a hindrance to scholarly communication and especially an obstacle to access to the text itself. I did not find it so. My own basic, recurring experience was that the text proved itself supportive and so fascinating that it kept me engaged without effort. On the contrary, the commentary is probably that genre of literature where it appears immediately that we exegetes owe everything we are to our texts and are obliged to serve them faithfully. Because of this, I am grateful I could write a commentary.

Its length poses a problem. It is not directly a result of the immensely swollen secondary literature but rather of the concept which stands behind this commentary: First, I am convinced that a commentary which not only explains biblical texts but aids in their understanding must not remain simply in the past but must draw lines into the present. Second, I am convinced that the history of the interpretation of a book can contribute greatly to this understanding. Second only to the text, I probably owe most to the church fathers and the Protestant and Catholic exegesis of the 16th to 18th centuries. Their exegesis is in a magnificent way an occupation not only with the words but with the subject matter of the texts. Third, behind this commentary stands the conviction (or the hope!) that an intensive interaction with the subject matter of their texts is a labor which will stimulate clergypersons and prevent them from premature burnout. I know too well that such labor on the part of the pastor with biblical texts is today rather the exception than the rule. It has fallen victim less to scholarly work in other areas than to the hectic life of the pastorate, and I believe that this has taken place to the detriment of our church. I have written this commentary particularly for priests, pastors, and teachers of religion. Will it help them to attain an intensive interchange with the text, or will it, because of its length, actually deter them from such a desired result? To learn something about this is more important to me than all the critical reviews.

There remains the pleasant duty of gratitude. Such a book cannot be accomplished without help. In the course of the years, Peter Lampe, Reinhard Gorski, Andreas Karrer, Ernst Lüthi, Christian Inäbnit, Andreas Dettwiler, but especially Wolf Dietrich Köhler and Andreas Ennulat have assisted as student coworkers with the history of interpretation. I owe thanks to the Land of Niedersachsen and to the Canton Berne for providing assistants, to the Swiss National Foundation for a temporary position of a half assistantship. Numerous . . .

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