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Argumentation

, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 63-86

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The Gospel of Matthew as a Literary Argument

Abstract

Through an argumentation analysis can one show how it is feasible to view a narrative religious text such as the Gospel of Matthew as a literary argument. The Gospel is not just “good news” but an elaborate argument for the standpoint that Jesus is the Son of God, the Messiah. It is shown why an argumentation analysis needs to be supplemented with a pragmatic literary analysis in order to describe how the evangelist presents his story so as to reach his argumentative objective. The analysis also shows why in the case of historical religious literary texts, certain demands are put on the analyst that are not normally present.

Keywords

Argumentation analysis Pragmatic analysis of argumentation Literary arguments Christian argumentation The Gospel of Matthew The New testament Analysis of religious texts