Violence and Matthew: A reconsideration of Matthew 11:12

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Title: Violence and Matthew: A reconsideration of Matthew 11:12
Author: Taylor, Charles Fleming
Advisor: Pennington, Jonathan T.
Abstract: This thesis resolves the interpretational problem involved in Matthew 11:12 by asserting that in Matthew 11:12 ²¹[Special characters omitted.]<math> <f> <a><ac><g>a</g></ac><ac>&d12;</ac></a></f> </math> ¶µÄ±¹ is best understood as middle voice with a meaning of "the kingdom of heaven 'advances forcefully'" and that the clause, "the violent men seize it," is ambiguous and refers in a positive way to Christians and in a negative way to those opposing the kingdom's advance.

In chapter 1, the thesis gives an introduction to the basic interpretational issues and a history of interpretation.

Chapter 2 contains a word study of ²¹[Special characters omitted.]<math> <f> <a><ac><g>a</g></ac><ac>&d12;</ac></a></f> </math> ¶µÄ±¹ and an evaluation of E. Moore's article on the word. Chapter 3 examines the issue of violence in the Gospel of Matthew and its influence on the interpretation of Matthew 11:12.

Chapter 4 concludes with an attempt at theological integration by answering the questions of why the Gospel is so violent and why 11:12 (c) is ambiguous.

Description: This item is only available to students and faculty of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. If you are not associated with SBTS, this dissertation may be purchased from or downloaded through ProQuest's Dissertation and Theses database if your institution subscribes to that service.
Date: 2007-11-09

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