Studies in Matthew

Studies in Matthew

Studies in Matthew

Studies in Matthew


Translated by Rosemary Selle

The work of one of the world's foremost New Testament scholars, Ulrich Luz, this book gathers eighteen penetrating studies of Matthew's Gospel, available here in English for the first time.

Luz's groundbreaking work ranges widely over the critical issues of Matthean studies, including the narrative structure and sources of the Gospel and its presentation of such themes as christology, discipleship, miracles, and Israel. Several chapters also outline and demonstrate the hermeneutical methods underlying Luz's acclaimed commentary on Matthew, for which this book can serve as a companion. Luz is particularly conscious of the Gospel's reception history, a history of interpretation connecting us with the past that determines so many of our questions, categories, and values. Studies in Matthew thus constitutes a noteworthy contribution to biblical hermeneutics as well as to exegesis.


Matthew has accompanied me for more than half my life. My main preoccupation has been with the commentary, which is now complete. An American translation of the first volume appeared early in the Continental Commentaries series. the succeeding volumes and a new translation of the revised Volume One have been published in the Hermeneia series or are being prepared for publication. My concern in the commentary is twofold: I seek to interpret the biblical text in the light of its reception history, and at the same time to reflect on the position of the interpreter in the light of this reception history.

This volume is far less ambitious. It contains a number of my essays on Matthew dating from 1971 to 2003. Only a few of them are known in Britain and North America. the essays originated during my work on the commentary, some in an attempt to develop basic hypotheses or overall perspectives on difficult questions before formulating the commentary, others as retrospective summaries of my work on the biblical texts. the final essays, chapters 13–18, contain hermeneutical perspectives. I did not want to rework them; therefore they document the state of discussion at the time of their original publication. Two chapters are published here for the first time. I hope to publish the hermeneutical fruits of my work in the near future in the form of a textbook.

The essays are not intended to be revolutionary. Rather, they are pieces of solid exegesis which document my exegetical journey with Matthew. Each has a place in academic history which I have not attempted to “modernize.” For this reason, some readers may find some of the work outdated. But I readily admit to not numbering myself with those who think exegesis needs to be reinvented every ten or twenty years.

The academic and personal links between “old” Europe and North . . .

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