By Evert-Jan Vledder
Matthew's Gospel is a witness to conflicting pursuits. The leaders of Israel are a part of the so-called 'retainer class', who pursue their very own pursuits via selling the pursuits of the Roman rulers. Jesus (and the Matthaean community), to the contrary, acts on behalf of the marginalized in society. Jesus demanding situations the underlying values of the leaders who, opposite to what's anticipated, don't forgive and act mercifully. The leaders attempt to unravel the clash negatively through labelling Jesus as possessed through the satan. even as, the clash spirals onward: the Matthaean neighborhood is termed to behave within the pursuits of the marginalized. it truly is Vledder's precise contribution to Matthaean examine that he brings to mild the underlying dynamics of this clash in a stimulating sociological study.
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This remains the important question (as we will also see in the following section). It would seem obvious that there was conflict because Jesus acted out of mercy and forgave sinners, that is the weak and the helpless. Yet, why 139. Luz, 'Wundergeschichten von Mt 8-9', p. 158. 140. Luz, 'Wundergeschichten von Mt 8-9', p. 159. 141. Kingsbury, The Developing Conflict between Jesus and the Jewish Leaders in Matthew's Gospel', pp. 66-67. 142. Cf. Luz, 'Wundergeschichten von Mt 8-9', p. 153. 1. Conflict in the Miracle Stories Inadequately Explained 45 should he be in conflict with the Jewish leaders at all, when it seems as if he (Jesus) had such 'noble motives'?
We will try to determine whether they explained the conflict satisfactorily. In this section the works of G. Theissen,144 D. J. J. H. J. N. Stanton149 will be reviewed. 150 143. See Luz, Das Evangelium nach Matthdus 2, p. 63. 144. Theissen, Urchristliche Wundergeschichten. 145. D. Patte, The Gospel according to Matthew: A Structural Commentary on Matthew's Faith (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1987). 146. J. Malina, 'A Conflict Approach to Mark 7', Foundations & Facets Forum A3 (1988), pp. 3-30.
14. 99. See VanStaden, Compassion—The Essence ofLife, pp. 93-101 for a discussion of the so-called symbolic universe. 100. Gerhardsson, The Mighty Acts of Jesus according to Matthew, pp. 75-77. 36 Conflict in the Miracle Stories I must repeat one point which as far as I can see is of great importance: the adversaries only play a small, casual role in the texts on Jesus' miracles. 102 Even more seriously, can Gerhardsson really not see that the adversaries do play a more than small and casual role in Jesus' miracles.