Matthew as Story, 2nd ed.

Fortress Press, 1988


This work uses literary (narrative) criticism to explore the world of the evangelist Matthew. The focus is on the plot of the gospel story, with discussions of the storylines, Jesus’ speeches and journey, the disciples’ experiences, and the contemporary community.

The book is a completely revised and enlarged version of the first edition. Two chapters have been added: one discussing the speeches of Jesus and one tracing the storyline of the religious leaders. Also, the fifth chapter on Jesus’ use of “the Son of man” has been substantially rewritten to explain more fully and more clearly the meaning and function of this self-designation. Throughout the book, new topics and insights have been added and developed, and the citations and bibliography have been updated.

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Key Features

  • Utilizes narrative criticism to explore Matthew as an evangelist
  • Focuses on the plot of the gospel story
  • Discusses the contemporary community, the disciples, and the speeches of Jesus


  • Understanding Matthew’s Gospel
  • Before Reading
    • A Cross-Cultural Step
    • Recognizing the Gospel’s Genre
    • The Audience’s Religious Traditions
    • The Audience’s Social and Religious Experiences: Part 1
    • The Audience’s Social and Religious Experiences: Part 2
    • Competent to Read: Utilizing Narrative Conventions
  • Reading Matthew
    • The Audience and God’s Point of View
    • Maintaining God’s Point of View
    • Shaping Matthew’s Plot
    • Matthew’s Plot: Kernels and Satellites
    • Settings in Matthew’s Gospel
    • Characters: Jesus—Agent of God’s Saving Presence
    • Characters: Jesus—Crucified and Risen
    • Characters: The Authorities—Opponents of God’s Will
    • Characters: The Disciples
  • After Reading
    • Conclusion: The Content of Matthew’s Gospel

Praise for the Print Edition

To know what is going on in contemporary literary-critical interpretation of Matthew’s Gospel, one must read Kingsbury’s Matthew as Story. He has been the trailblazer in this area.

John P. Meier, William K. Warren Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

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About Jack Dean Kingsbury

Jack Dean Kingsbury is the Aubrey Lee Brooks Professor of Theology, emeritus, at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He is the author of The Christology of Mark’s Gospel and Conflict in Luke: Jesus, Authorities, Disciples.


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