His Blood be Upon Us: Completion and Condemnation in Matthew’s Gospel
Title: His Blood be Upon Us
Subtitle: Completion and Condemnation in Matthew’s Gospel
Subject Classification: Religion and Faith, Society and Culture, Community
BIC Classification: HR, HRC, JF
BISAC Classification: REL006710, REL116000, REL006100
Binding: Hardback, pp.192
Publication date: 11th October 2022
ISBN (printed book): 978-1-80441-074-5
ISBN (web pdf): 978-1-80441-075-2
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The book explores the antisemitic potential of Matthew’s Gospel in the Christian New Testament. It begins with a detailed discussion of the occasion of the text, before discussing key questions (Matthew’s fulfilment theology, and the use of polemic in the text). Three crucial texts are examined in detail. The book discusses the reverberations of the “blood cry,” arguing the deicide-focused interpretation of Matthew 27:25 is foundational to subsequent blood libels, which are also discussed. The final chapters explore how to preach from Matthew’s Gospel with Jewish people in mind, including offering sample sermons to stimulate the reader’s thinking about how they might teach from a controversial Matthean text in a way that denies the possibility of perpetuating Christian antisemitism.
It will be of interest to students and scholars in religion and faith, Christianity, and interfaith studies.
Author: The Reverend Dr Tom Wilson is Director of the St Philip's Centre in Leicester, UK, a Christian interfaith centre.
“I very much enjoyed reading this timely and engaging discussion of contemporary interpretative strategies towards the Gospel of Matthew and the issues it raises for Christians in regard to Jews and Judaism. The book is very well-pitched, and does a great job of accessibly presenting a wide selection of scholarship for the practitioner and general reader. The discussion is structured progressively to move from historical context to textual engagement to the substantive questions. The book’s mindful and transformative approach is beautifully demonstrated in the concluding sample sermons.”
- Dr Uri Gordon, Independent Scholar and Hebrew Educator, Leicester, UK