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Bibil Identifier bibil:226290
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Guarding Entry to the Kingdom: The Place of Eunuchs in Mt. 19.12
Author Llewelyn, Stephen R.
Author Wearne, Gareth J.
Author Sanderson, Bianca L.
Journal Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus (Volume: 10, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 228-246 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The article argues that, contrary to the majority view, the metaphor of the eunuch in Mt. 19.12 should be understood against the backdrop of the royal eunuch, as encountered in story, if not in experience. As such the saying must be situated with other sayings that speak of entry to the Kingdom. The change of the metaphor’s focus from that of guardian/gatekeeper to that of sexualized trope, as it is now met in Matthew, was facilitated by the saying’s performance to a new audience, i.e. to a Greek-speaking rather than Semitic-speaking audience. At the same time the saying was repunctuated to idealize the last class of eunuch who now became the model of chastity within the ekklesia.
DOI 10.1163/17455197-01003002
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Eunuch
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Synoptic Gospels : Gospel of Matthew
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sexuality
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Diachronic Methods : Socio-historical Criticism
Pericopes Matthew 19,12
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