The Matthean Advent Gospels

James Arne Nestingen

Article Type: Texts in Context

Publication Date: 10/1/1992

Issue: Economics and Justice (Vol. 12, No 4, Fall, 1992)

What is more, the methodologies of the enlightenment have laid such a pervasive claim to exegesis that the texts themselves seem to offer no possibility of offsetting power. If there is going to be anything to Advent, it will be something moving in the pastor or in a particular approach to the season; according to currently dominant assumptions, the texts can hardly be expected to be anything more than they are: ancient testimonies in need of some assistance to come into contact with a vastly superior modern world. What if one were to make a more primitive, pre-enlightenment assumption? Is such an assumption justified? According to the rules of this kind of thinking, there is only one who can answer: the One who was, who is, and who is to come. But the assumption itself, as a presupposition for proceeding, is accessible. And so are the Advent texts. So here follows a survey.

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