Prof. Herbert Basser requested that I post this to the various lists.
(My apologies for cross-posting.)
Lisbeth S. Fried
The Mind Behind the Gospels: A Commentary to Matthew Chapters 1-14
by Herbert Basser
Cloth: ISBN 978-1-934843-33-8, 396 pp. $69.00
Paper: ISBN 978-1-934843-34-5, 396 pp. $35.00
Review copies available upon request.
Topic Areas: New Testament Studies, Bible Studies, Talmudic Studies
Level: Undergraduate or Graduate
Publisher: ACADEMIC STUDIES PRESS
Summary: Basser gives us a verse-by-verse commentary to the first half of
the Gospel in his study of Matthew through the lens of Jewish texts. These
texts, skillfully interpreted by Basser, illuminate the powerful poetry and
mystery behind much of Matthews genius in reworking evangelists sources.
These Jewish materials provide a creative, cultural way of thinking about
what God expects from human beings that is infused with the words and images
of Matthew. Basser shows how Jewish idioms and artistry move the speeches,
story, and figure of Jesus, through various layers of Church tradition, from
a Jewish preacher to a Gentile savior. Each chapter of commentary is
preceded by a preliminary discussion and the book is introduced by a
scholarly yet accessible preface and introduction discussing the
methodological issues of the commentary as a whole. In many ways, this book
deepens Bassers initial views of the New Testament in his Studies in
Exegesis, Leiden and Boston, E.J. Brill, 2000. The present book will appeal
to a broad audience of knowledgeable readers of any or no faith
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