A reading of the Gospel using the wisdom of marginal urban communities
This reading of Matthew’s Gospel is founded on a suspicion - that the gospel text is normally interpreted by and for people who are socially and economically secure. Consequently most biblical interpretations have little to say to people who live in deprived and marginal communities in Britain. These are interpretations that do not address the very real issues of the distribution of wealth and power in society and so are unable to speak to the urgent and concrete concerns of poor and dispossessed people. In short, the bible has become a text that supports the status quo.
This book argues that Matthew’s gospel resists being used to underpin an unjust and unequal social order. It argues that an authentic understanding of the biblical message is only possible if it begins with the situation of the marginal poor. This is not just a theme in Matthew’s text but one that is rooted throughout the biblical witness.
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