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Author Jorgensen, David W., 1968-
Title Treasure hidden in a field : early Christian reception of the gospel of Matthew / David W. Jorgensen.
Imprint Boston : De Gruyter, 2016.

Series Studies of the Bible and its reception, 2195-450X ; Volume 6.
Subject Bible. Matthew -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents List of Tables XIV ; Abbreviations XV ; I Introduction ; 1 "Wicked Interpreters of Well-Said Words" ; 2 Valentinian Exegesis of Apostolic Texts ; 3 The Valentinian Corpus and Some Notes on Nomenclature ; 4 Biblical Studies and Reception History ; 5 Chapter Overview.
II Irenaeus, the Valentinians, and the Rhetoric of Interpretation 1 Introduction ; 2 Valentinus is the New Marcion ; 3 Irenaeus' "Hypothesis" and "Rule of Truth" ; 4 Evidence of Irenaeus' Rhetorical Training ; 4.1 External Evidence from Recent Research on Greco-Roman Paideia.
4.2 Internal Evidence from Adversus Haereses 5 Influence of Rhetorical Education on Irenaean Exegesis ; 5.1 The Process of Inventio, or, Treasure Hidden in a Field ; 5.2 Irenaeus' Description of the Valentinian "Method" ; 5.3 The Utility of the Parabole.
5.4 The Clarity and Obscurity of Scripture 6 Conclusion ; III Soteriological and Paraenetic Interpretations of The Parable of the Lost Sheep ; 1 Introduction ; 2 The Parable of the Lost Sheep: Gospel Contexts ; 2.1 The Parable in the Gospel of Matthew.
2.2 The Parable in the Gospel of Luke 2.3 Gospel Contexts: Conclusions ; 2.4 Excursus: The Lost Sheep in the Gospel of Thomas ; 3 Crossbreeding Passages, Parables, and Pictures ; 4 A Spectrum of Early Christian Interpretation ; 5 Irenaeus' Interpretations of the Parable.
Summary This reception history of the Gospel of Matthew utilizes theoretical frameworks and literary sources from two typically distinct disciplines, patristic studies and Valentinian (a.k.a.?Gnostic?) studies. The author shows how in the second and third centuries, the Valentinians were important contributors to a shared culture of early Christian exegesis. By examining the use of the same Matthean pericopes by both Valentinian and patristic exegetes, the author demonstrates that certain Valentinian exegetical innovations were influential upon, and ultimately adopted by, patristic authors. Chief among Valentinian contributions include the allegorical interpretation of texts that would become part of the New Testament, a sophisticated theory of the historical and theological relationship between Christians and Jews, and indeed the very conceptualization of the Gospel of Matthew as sacred scripture. This study demonstrates that what would eventually emerge from this period as the ecclesiological and theological center cannot be adequately understood without attending to some groups and individuals that have often been depicted, both by subsequent ecclesiastical leaders and modern scholars, as marginal and heretical.
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ISBN 9783110476606 (electronic bk.)
3110476606 (electronic bk.)
9783110478082
3110478080
9783110476552 (hardcover 23X15,5 ; alk. paper)
311047655X
OCLC # 959611026
Additional Format Print version: Jorgensen, David W., 1968- Treasure hidden in a field. Boston : De Gruyter, 2016 9783110476552 (DLC) 2016043661.