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Bibil Identifier bibil:213869
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) (The Markan and Matthean) Jesus’ Appropriation and Criticism of the Torah
Title (English, ) The Question of Divorce
Author Scheffler, Eben
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 67, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 1-6 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract According to the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus functions as a Moses figure who, in the Sermon on the Mount, gave the new law of the kingdom of God. In this article it is argued that Jesus drew his ethic from his Jewish tradition, as manifested particularly in the Pentateuch. However, although being an inspiring source, to Jesus the Pentateuch (or scripture) was not an authority that could not be challenged or criticised. This is illustrated by focusing on the question of divorce (Mk 10:2–12; Mt 5:27–32; 19:3–12). It is argued that Jesus’ use of the Pentateuch was guided by an ethic of compassion. In view of Jesus’ stance, an uncritical use of the Bible (as manifested for example in many Christian circles) ironically contradicts the Bible’s own message and nature.
DOI 10.4102/hts.v67i1.1006
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Divorce
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Criticism of the Law
Pericopes Mark 10,2-10,12
Deuteronomy 24,1-24,4
Matthew 5,27-5,32
Matthew 19,3-19,12
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