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Wim J.C. Weren, studies in Matthew’s Gospel: Literary design, intertextuality, and social setting

Dirk van der Merwe
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 71, No 3 | a2909 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v71i3.2909 | © 2015 Dirk van der Merwe | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 February 2015 | Published: 11 September 2015

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Dirk van der Merwe, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, South Africa


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This article summarises and comments on the book Studies in Matthew’s Gospel: Literary design, intertextuality, and social setting, by Wim Weren, published during 2014. The essence of this book is all about meaning: the meaning of a structure, texts, and consequently the understanding of the Gospel of Matthew. For Weren, ‘Meaning is the result of the interplay between a textual unit and such other factors as language, literary context, and cultural setting’. This relates to the three parts of the content of this monograph. His approach in studying Matthew comes from three perspectives: firstly intratextuality, then intertextuality, and finally extratextuality. He has deliberately chosen this order of successive steps so that they complement each other.


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