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The Gospel of Matthew's Dependence on the Didache (Library of New Testament Studies) Hardcover – April 23, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0826469779 ISBN-10: 0826469779

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  • Series: Library of New Testament Studies (Book 254)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (April 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826469779
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826469779
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,517,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The enduring value of G.’s study is that he has supplied scholars with a pioneering and much-needed investigation. G. effectively calls into question all the present literature calculated to demonstrate the dependence on the Didache on Matthew’s Gospel. For this reason alone, it will have to be taken into account.” –The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 67, 2005

“Meticulously argued, but engagingly written, Garrow’s monograph offers a fresh perspective on a much-debated topic. It offers new perspectives on many of the issues on which serious study of the synoptic problem depends.” –Themelios 30/2 (Themelios)

'Garrow's enthusiasm for the Didache is infectious...many of his insights into the actual text of the Didache are lucid and offer fresh insights...This book deserves wide consideration'
(Expository Times)

'Garrow's work deserves attention, not only because he has offered an innovative analysis of the composition of the Didache but also because he has argued his own thesis of Matthew's use of Didache with careful attention to detail...fine analytic work.' ~ John S. Kloppenborg, Trinity College, Biblica, vol 86 2005
(John S. Kloppenborg)

'Like Garrow's earlier study on Revelations, the thesis is nothing if not bold. It is worked out with meticulous care...and presented in as accessible format as such an esoteric argument allows, including a full printing of the text of the Didache in both Greek...and English...The whole book is a demanding but stimulating read, and to see the traditional methods of NT source-crticism applied to a non-NT text provokes salutary reflections.'
Dick France, Evangelical Quarterly
(Dick France)

'Garrow's work deserves attention, not only because he has offered an innovative analysis of the composition of the Didache but also because he has argued his own thesis of Matthew's use of Didache with careful attention to detail...fine analytic work.' ~ John S. Kloppenborg, Trinity College, Biblica, vol 86 2005
(Sanford Lakoff)

'Like Garrow's earlier study on Revelations, the thesis is nothing if not bold. It is worked out with meticulous care...and presented in as accessible format as such an esoteric argument allows, including a full printing of the text of the Didache in both Greek...and English...The whole book is a demanding but stimulating read, and to see the traditional methods of NT source-crticism applied to a non-NT text provokes salutary reflections.'
Dick France, Evangelical Quarterly
(Sanford Lakoff)

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Alan Garrow is Director of Biblical Studies at the St. Albans and Oxford Ministry Course.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Rose-Milavec on July 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Garrow argues that nearly all Didache scholars have been examining if/how the Didache depended upon Matthew's Gospel, but no one has seriously entertained the prospect that the dependence is the other way around. As a doctoral student at Oxford, G. undertook this study under the supervision of C.M. Tuckett who, with "unfailing fairness" (p. x) directed a thesis with which "he almost entirely disagrees" (p. x).
Garrow writes with exceptional clarity and precision of thought. At every point, he is a joy to read, and his periodic summaries and charts keep even the most distracted reader on target. Chapters 2 to 4 (in Part I) are of special importance since they supply, even apart from the rest of his study, a lucid introduction, assessable to non-specialists, that reveals the knotty problems of the compositional unity and interpretative integrity that plague Didache studies.
Garrow's book is divided into two large sections followed by a brief conclusion. In Part I, G. painstakingly reconstructs five stages in the compositional history of the Didache. G. argues that Matthew knew only the first three redactional layers of the Didache. By no means, moreover, did Matthew find in his version the four appeals to the "gospel" (euagellion) found in the 1873 Bryennios ms. As G. interprets them, these additions (introduced at stage four) acted as a "redactor's attempt to subordinate the Didache to the superior authority of Matthew's Gospel" (p. 136). The Didache that helped create Matthew's Gospel thus suffered the fate of becoming subordinated to that Gospel.
Part II forms the substance of G.'s study and can be read independently of Part I. Herein G.
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