This chapter introduces the central problem of the book regarding the politics of race/ethnicity in Matthew’s passion narrative. Jesus is crucified under an ethnoracial title as ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων (“King of the Judeans”). Despite the explicit use of terminology, previous scholarship has understood the title curiously in non-ethnoracial ways. How and why are dominant readings of Jesus’ crucifixion in Matthew’s passion narrative rendered in terms that are effectively non-ethnoracial? The argument of the book works on two levels—exegetical and methodological—with the primary goal of critiquing the dominant narrative and presenting an alternative reading of Matthew’s passion narrative.


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