96Re: [ematthew] Peter in Matthew
- Feb 26, 2003
>Some grist for this mill, perhaps...Is he suggesting that this is within the "authorial intent" of
>Wallace W. Bubar, 'Killing Two Birds With One Stone: The Utter
>De(con)struction of Matthew and his Church', _Biblical Interpretation_ 3, 2
>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).
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...
Vancouver School of Theology
The lion and the calf shall lie down together
but the calf won't get much sleep.
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