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Vertellersperspektief en die 'temporele' funksie van die Ou Testament in die Matteusevangelie

A. G. van Aarde
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 41, No 2 | a2134 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v41i2.2134 | © 1985 A. G. van Aarde | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 07 January 1985 | Published: 07 January 1985

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A. G. van Aarde,, South Africa

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Abstract

Narrative point of view and the 'temporal' function of the Old Testament in Matthew's gospel
Matthew's gospel has to be read as a narration with an ongoing plot and an open-end. The plot commences with a reference to the Old Testament and ends with an allusion to the consummation of time at the parousia. And yet, the Old Testament isn't present in Matthew as a separate timesequence. The plot consists of two explicit time-sequences, namely the 'time' of the pre-Easter Jesus-commisiion and the 'time' of the post-Easter disciples-commission. To convey his point of view to his readers, the narrator creates a correlative analogy between these two sequences. The thesis of the article is that the Old Testament functions as the point of analogy and continuity between the two commissions. This thesis is debated against the purport of the various opinions of Matthaean scholars concerning the 'temporal' function of the Old Testament.

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