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Bibil Identifier bibil:219588
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Sabbath Controversy in Matthew
Author Viljoen, Francois P.
Journal Verbum et Ecclesia (Volume: 32, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 8 p. Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Jesus’ attitude towards the Sabbath plays a crucial part in Matthew’s argument. Some scholars argue that Jesus provocatively broke the Sabbath law; however, an attentive reading of the Sabbath controversies revealed a different reality. Matthew strategically places the Sabbath stories after he has firmly stated Jesus’ teaching on the continuing validity of the law and the requirement of greater righteousness. The law and the prophets are fulfilled in the Person of Jesus, who demonstrated a fresh approach to Sabbath observance. God’s intention with the Sabbath must also be recognised. Matthew argues not if the Sabbath should be observed, but how it should be done to experience true rest according to the will of God.
DOI 10.4102/ve.v32i1.418
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sabbath
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Synoptic Gospels : Gospel of Matthew
Pericopes Matthew 12
Matthew 5,17-5,20
Matthew 11,25-11,30
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