Saturday, 11 March 2017

Ending Exile in Mt 1:17 and elsewhere...

A quick note:
Previously I've pointed out the 'ending of exile' as indicated in Mt 1:2-17 was considered delayed until the Messiah arrived (see here and here), and the first chart I put up last time also indicates this.
Today I noticed that at the same time that I mentioned this feature in Matthew 1 (September 2016) Brill published a book advocating that this is an importnant feature in Matthew (in their series: Novum Testamentum, Supplements): Matthew’s New David at the End of Exile: A Socio-Rhetorical Study of Scriptural Quotations by Nicholas G. Piotrowski.
I discovered this book today after noticing a new article where Piotrowski discusses the issue of 'unended exile' in which he asserts that
a growing chorus of voices is supporting, with various levels of enthusiasm, the thesis that a significant number of late Second Temple Jewish groups indeed understood themselves to be languishing in some form of exile.
Nicholas G. Piotrowski, "The Concept of Exile in Late Second Temple Judaism: A Review of Recent Scholarship, Currents in Biblical Research, vol 15, Issue 2 (Feb 2017): 214-247.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Matthew 1 in a diagram (or two)

I almost finished researching Matthew chapter 1 (hopefully).
Here is my diagram for the genealogy (verses 1-16):

And here is my 'chiastic' arrangement (inverted parallel structure) for the birth report scene (verses 18-25):

The writer has positioned the scripture quoation into central position (rather than waiting until the end of the scene) so that it becomes central. Here's a brief guide to the segmentation:


In both A and A' Joseph’s marriage situation is given whereby the writer asserts in both that Joseph has not yet had sex with Mary either in the first stage of marriage (‘before they came together’) or in the second stage when (‘he took her as wife’). But with ‘before she gave birth to a son’ the writer finishes the report with ambiguity regarding whether they later began to have sex (this is irrelevant to the writer).
In B is Joseph’s original plan of action which is inverted by following the divine plan in B'.
In C and C' the writer parallels the name that Joseph is to call Jesus (and its significance) with the name that people will call him.
The writer uses biblical quotation in the birth report to provide support for the central assertion that Joseph’s discovery of Mary’s pregnancy fulfils scripture (D).  

I am still finding fresh discoveries in chapter 1...most recently concerning Joseph's fear of following through with marrying the pregnant Mary...stay tuned...