The New Isaac

Tradition and Intertextuality in the Gospel of Matthew


Gospel scholarship has long recognized that Matthean Christology is a rich, multifaceted tapestry weaving multifold Old Testment figures together in the person of Jesus. It is somewhat strange, therefore, that scholarship has found little role for the figure of Isaac in the Gospel of Matthew. Employing Umberto Eco's theory of the Model Reader as a theoretical basis to ground the phenomenon of Matthean intertextuality, this work contends that when read rightly as a coherent narrative in its first-century setting, with proper attention to both biblical texts and extrabiblical traditions about Isaac, the Gospel of Matthew evinces a significant Isaac typology in service of presenting Jesus as new temple and decisive sacrifice.
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Biographical Note

Leroy A. Huizenga, Ph.D. (2006) in New Testament, Duke University, is the Director of the Christian Leadership Center and Assistant Professor of Scripture at the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota. He is co-editor of Reading the Bible Intertextually (Baylor, 2009).

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Allein die Evaluierung von HaysThesen zur Intertextualität verdient es, breit rezipiert zu werden, da sie einige Klarheit in eine schwierige Methode
bringt.Auch die Diskussion der Definition und Abgrenzung der Akedah ist äußerst wertvoll. Daher empfiehlt sich dieses Buch durchaus über Matthäusstudien hinaus.

Boris Repschinski, Biblische Zeitschrift - Jg. 55/2011-2

' In this thorough study, Huizenga provides compelling and fruitful insight into the Matthean presentation of Jesus (...) this is an important
contribution to scholarship on Matthew and biblical intertextuality, of interest and value to scholars and students at or above graduate level.

Jessiah Nickel, University of St Andrews Religious Studies Review Vol. 41 (3) 2015.


Those interested in Bible, early Judaism, history of biblical interpretation, patristics, typology, theory, intertextuality, narrative, semiotics, biblical theology, Christian appropriation of Jewish traditions, and Gospel scholars.


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