THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW IN AN AFRICAN CONTEXT: IN DIALOGUE WITH CHRIS MANUS
AbstractThis article is a reaction to the contribution by Chris Manus elsewhere in this issue. It departs from his remark that the elevation and status of African kings helps us to understand Mt 28:16-20. This is then placed in the context of contextualisation as a metaphoric activity, especially with a view to the public or cultural context of the text-reading process. An adequate hermeneutic will have to be a critical hermeneutic, recognizing that the theme of kingship is presented in an ironic mode in Matthew, because Jesus embodies the pattern of a king who is rejected, as ruler who is truly a servant. Although one has to acknowledge that any text is determined to a large degree by the discourse which selects and organizes features of the text, one also has to agree that the text, similarly, determines the discourse.
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