Death as Deliverance. Jesus death as the New Exodus

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2022-01-21
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The death of Jesus is framed in the four gospels and the Pauline literature as an event which ‘fulfilled’ the prophecies in the Jewish Scriptures; however much of early Christian literature, including the gospel of Matthew wherein such fulfilment citations feature prominently, does not offer any comprehensive explanation about how the Scriptures are being fulfilled. This thesis argues that the primary interpretive framework for understanding the Passion narrative in Matthew is the Exodus motif. While scholars have identified the Exodus as a primary intertextual frame for Matthew’s larger narrative, this has not sufficiently been applied to the Passion narrative specifically (chs. 26-28). Matthew uses the Exodus motif in the Passion to frame the death of Jesus as an event of deliverance.
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Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen
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