63Re: [ematthew] the mission to the gentiles
- Oct 18 11:57 AMIn a message dated 18/10/02 17:43:32 GMT Daylight Time, eezeogu@...
> I submit that it is possible to see some consistency in all of Mt's GospelCanaanite
> as it relates to Jews, Gentiles, and access to the message of Christ. The
> message is directed primarily to Jews. Gentiles, however, are not excluded
> from it. But there is no requirement to actively invite Gentiles into it.
> This is what we see in the Coming of the Magi, the Mission discourse in
> chapter 10 (do not go out of your way to invite Gentiles), the Canaanite
> Woman in chap 15, and Matt 28:19. Note the interesting case of the
> woman where Mt changes Mk 7:24 "He went away to the region of Tyre andSidon.
> And he entered a house..." to "He withdrew to the district of Tyre andSidon.
> And behold a Canaanite woman from that region came out and cried..." (Mt 15:If Gentiles are to have a status comparable to that of resident aliens in
> 21-22). Mt would not let Jesus go into Gentile territory. The Gentile woman
> needed to come out to Jesus. I think Steve is right in his observation that
> what we have in Mt is openness to Gentiles (access) but not mission to
> Gentiles. If this is correct, then it resolves a major part of the tensions
> and conflicts we see in Mt.
> Ernest Munachi Ezeogu
> Toronto School of Theology
the Torah - accepted but not invited, as it were - then that might explain
much of the text, but it still leaves 28:19 as a problem. It's tempting to
regard it as an interpolation, but there seems to be a good deal of Matthean
language there, and it seems like an easy way out.
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