Identifying the Dominant Narrative: Non-ethnoracial Readings of Matthew 26–27



This chapter traces the dominant narrative surrounding the interpretation of the title ὁ βασιλεὺς τῶν Ἰουδαίων in Matthew’s passion narrative. Two representative trajectories of the dominant narrative are identified: traditional religious-theological readings and more recent socio-political readings. Both approaches exhibit a peculiar pattern of bypassing and overlooking the title’s ethnoracial dimensions. To better understand the non-ethnoracial pattern of interpretation, a larger view of Matthean scholarship is required. When this curious pattern is considered within a broader perspective that includes the history of methods, a more compelling account of their interdependence begins to emerge. Paying close attention to the link between the two underscores how the underlying problem of the dominant narrative is methodological through and through.


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