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Bibil Identifier bibil:237692
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Comings and Goings of the Son of Man 

Title (English, ) Is Matthew’s Risen Jesus 'Present' or 'Absent'? A Narrative-Critical Response

Author Harris, Mark
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 22, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 51-70 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Matthew’s eschatological schema presents difficult narrative puzzles, not least of which is the paradox between a "coming Son of Man" who is assumed to be absent from earth in the present, and a risen Jesus who promises perpetual presence "until the end of the age" (28.20). A suggestion of G.B. Caird will be explored using a narrative-critical approach that focuses especially on Matthew’s interests in divine presence, mountains and the significance of the Jerusalem Temple. It will be argued that the Matthean παρουσία may be read not so much as a "second coming" but as a more continuous statement of presence from the cross and resurrection onwards. This places the "Son of Man" as a narrative symbol of mediation between heaven and earth, in the clouds, on the final mountain-top, "until the end of the age". It is suggested that this can be seen as part of Matthew’s theodicy for the destruction of the Temple in 70 ce. 

DOI 10.1163/15685152-0221p0004
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Presence
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Gospels : Synoptic Gospels : Gospel of Matthew
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Parousia
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Eschatology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Narratology
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Christology
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Son of Man
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Apocalyptic
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Temple
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Mountain
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Theodicy
Pericopes Matthew 24
Matthew 28,16-28,20
Terms παρουσία παρουσια
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