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Conflicting Mythologies: Identity Formations in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark (John K Riches) Paperback Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2000) 9780567042712
Conflicting Mythologies: Identity Formations in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark (John K Riches) Paperback Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2000) 9780567042712
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Title: Conflicting Mythologies: Identity Formations in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark

Author: Riches, John K

Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2000

Paperback; ISBN: 9780567042712

Volumes: 1; Pages: 384

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A cultural anthropological interpretation of Mark and Matthew which examines the formation of early Christian identity, world view and ethos.

John Riches examines notions of sacred space and ethnicity. He shows how group identity emerged in the form of a dynamic process of reshaping traditional Jewish symbols and motifs, such as descent, kinship and circumcision, and interweaving them with early Christian traditions about Jesus. He also argues that the Evangelists were influenced by two opposing cosmologies, which accounts for the diversity of senses of identity which flow from the two narratives.

Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

1 Identity and Change

2 Jewish Identity in the World of the Mediterranean Cities: Themes and Variations

3 Sight to the Blind

4 The Remaking of Sacred Space

5 Conflicting World-Views in Mark's Christology

6 Church of Disciples

7 Matthew and the Remaking of Sacred Space

8 Cosmology and Christology in Matthew

9 New Worlds and New Identities: The Gospels of Mark and Matthew and the Beginning of Christianity

Bibliography

Index of biblical references and ancient sources

Index of modern authors

Index of subjects

Praise for Conflicting Mythologies:

"Riches has made an important contribution to understanding the first two Gospels in terms of underlying mythological outlooks."--Journal of Theological Studies

"Able students will get a lot from it and all theologians and biblical scholars can learn something from its interdisciplinary approach."--Theological Book Review Feed the Minds

"This strongly textual and historical view of the Gospels, as mediating between conflicts, [_] provides a powerful source of formative thinking for us on matters of corporate and individual identity."--Church Times, May 25, 2001

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