The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions

A Relevance-based Commentary


In The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions, Herbert W. Basser, with the editorial help of Marsha Cohen, utilizes his encyclopaedic knowledge of Judaism to navigate Matthew’s Gospel. This close, original reading explicates Matthew’s use of Jewish concepts and legal traditions that have not been fully understood in the past. Basser highlights Gospel sources that are congruent with a wide swath of extant Jewish writings from various provenances. Matthew affirms Jesus’ end-of-days—the coming of the Kingdom—salvation message: initially meant for Jews, it is the Gentiles who embraced his message and teachings that encouraged their faith and simple trust. Matthew’s literary art manages to preserve the Jewish details in his sources while disclosing an anti-Jewish and pro-Gentile bias.

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Herbert W. Basser, Ph.D. (1983), University of Toronto, is Professor Emeritus at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. He is the author of a number of scholarly books and articles dealing with Midrash, Talmud and the Jewish background to the New Testament.

Marsha B. Cohen, Ph.D. (2007), Florida International University, is an independent scholar, writer and lecturer specializing in the role of religion in world affairs, particularly the Middle East. She is the author of numerous articles published in various online venues.
General Introduction
Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28
Works Cited
Primary Jewish Sources
Anyone interested in the emergence of Christianity from the cultural context of ancient Judea, and how that context is reflected in Matthew’s Gospel and in Jewish sources and literary traditions.
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