MTSO Distinguished Research Professor John Kampen has authored the book Matthew within Sectarian Judaism, published by Yale University Press as part of the Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library.
A renowned scholar of the Dead Sea Scrolls, Kampen makes the case for reading the Gospel of Matthew as the product of a Jewish sect. Rather than viewing Matthew as a Jewish-Christian hybrid, Kampen considers it a Jewish composition that originated among the later followers of Jesus a generation or so after the disciples.
This method of viewing the work allows readers to understand what it might have meant for members of a Jesus movement to promote their understanding of Jewish history and law that would sustain Jewish life at the end of the first century.
Methodist Theological School in Ohio provides theological education and leadership in pursuit of a just, sustainable and generative world. In addition to the Master of Divinity degree, the school offers master’s degrees in counseling, social justice, theological studies and practical theology, along with a Doctor of Ministry degree.
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