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Title: The Disciples in Narrative Perspective: The Portrayal of the Matthean Disciples
Author: Brown, Jeannine K
Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2002
Paperback; ISBN: 9781589830486
Volumes: 1; Pages: 171
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Do the disciples in Matthew really understand Jesus, his mission and his message? Although redaction approaches have typically answered this question affirmatively, a narrative reading of Matthew highlights the ways the disciples frequently misunderstand both what Jesus is called to do and what he intends for his own followers. This study offers such a narrative reading, arguing that not only do the disciples frequently fail to understand Jesus, they do not progress toward greater understanding as the story unfolds. The author explores the way that this portrayal functions in the story and in shaping Matthew's concept of discipleship.