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96Re: [ematthew] Peter in Matthew

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  • Steve Black
    Feb 26, 2003
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      >Some grist for this mill, perhaps...
      >Wallace W. Bubar, 'Killing Two Birds With One Stone: The Utter
      >De(con)struction of Matthew and his Church', _Biblical Interpretation_ 3, 2
      >(1995), 144-57.
      >Bubar seeks to show how 16:13-20 and other 'rock'/'stone' passages in
      >Matthew (3:9; 4:6; 13:5-6, 20-21; 23:37; 24:2; 27:60) are deconstructed in
      >the gospel. He alleges that there is inversion and contradiction throughout
      >the references, which means that Jesus' confident statement on the authority
      >of the ekklesia in 16:13-20 paradoxically undermines the entire gospel. The
      >church has used 16:13-20 to claim authority... but the text undermines
      >itself in (e.g.) 13:5-6, 20-21 - the seed in rocky ground, with associations
      >of shallowness and weakness rather than stability and endurance, and
      >withering (illustrated by Peter's own withering in the narrative).
      >Antony (Billington)

      Is he suggesting that this is within the "authorial intent" of
      Matthew, or something that can be achieved with a contemporary
      reading strategy that is not so based upon "authorial intent".

      I find Matthew very easy to "deconstruct" as I don't find his "logic"
      particularly consistent - I suspect that at times he is more the
      redactor than author (although only at times) who lets major
      discrepancies stand in his text - perhaps simply due to
      inattentiveness - while at other times he is VERY attentive. So I
      don't construe him as "consistent". This makes "deconstruction" easy
      - but it also violates authorial intent - which is only as important
      as - well as important as you make it...
      Steve Black
      Vancouver School of Theology
      Vancouver, BC

      The lion and the calf shall lie down together
      but the calf won't get much sleep.
      -Woody Allen
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