154RE: [ematthew] the occasion of the demand for a sign in Matt. 16:1
- Nov 15, 2004Dear Jeffrey:
This is a question of geography and demography. In
both Matt. 16:1-4 and Matt 12:38-39 Jesus is in Upper
Galilee. Mt 15:21-28 he is in Lebanon at Saida (Sidon)
and Sur (Tyre). Mt 15:29-39 Jesus travels 35 miles NE
from Sur (Tyre) to Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee; also
Lake Tiberias). Mt 15:29b places him on a mountain
along the Lake Kinneret rim. Where is uncertain. The
demographic mix would be predominantly Jewish.
> Sent: November 14, 2004 3:39 PM------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> To: Crosstalk2
> Cc: Synoptic-L; ematthew
> Subject: [ematthew] the occasion of the demand for
> a sign in Matt. 16:1
> With apologies for cross posting.
> Matthew presents the feeding of the 4000 (Matt.
> 15:32-39) as the
> occasion of his second account of the story of a
> demand for a sign
> (Matt. 16:1-4; cf. Matt 12:38-39). What is the
> scholarly consensus
> nowadays regarding Matthew's assumptions about the
> ethnicity of the
> 4000? Is it that they are Gentiles? If so, what
> evidence is pointed to
> as supporting this contention? I note, for
> starters, that the stories
> which immediately precede that feeding of the 400
> seem to locate Jesus
> in Gentile territory and have him healing at least
> one Gentile. Then
> there's the curious fact that those who witness
> Jesus' healings of "the
> lame, the maimed, the blind, the dumb that they
> have brought out to him,
> give glory to "the God of Israel" when they saw
> the cures that Jesus
> wrought, which would seem to indicate that they
> and those whom Jesus
> heals are not Jews. Anything else?
> Thanks in advance.
> Jeffrey B. Gibson, D.Phil. (Oxon.)
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> Chicago, IL 60626
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