Lifting the Burden: A Reading of Matthew's Gospel  -     By: Brendan Byrne
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Liturgical Press / 2004 / Paperback

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Judgment is a focal point for many interpreters of Matthew. To some people, God is seen as a server and helper to those in need, but to others He is seen as judging and accessible only to the elite. The burden of impending judgment can be a heavy load to carry, but does it need to be?

Selecting passages from Matthew, Brendan Byrne demonstrates an awareness of Jesus as one who lightens humanity’s burdens rather than adding to them. Lifting the Burden contains methods of interpretation that are sensitive to the concerns of Christianity and Judaism as it focuses on the elements of the Gospel that balance the importance of judgment and view it within a larger context.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Liturgical Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 081463026X
ISBN-13: 9780814630266
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Publisher's Description

Judgment is a focal point for many interpreters of Matthew. To some people, God is seen as a server and helper to those in need, but to others He is seen as judging and accessible only to the elite. The burden of impending judgment can be a heavy load to carry, but does it need to be?

Selecting passages from Matthew, Brendan Byrne demonstrates an awareness of Jesus as one who lightens humanity's burdens rather than adding to them. Lifting the Burden contains methods of interpretation that are sensitive to the concerns of Christianity and Judaism as it focuses on the elements of the Gospel that balance the importance of judgment and view judgment within a larger context.

Brendan Byrne, SJ, DPhil, is a professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, within the United Faculty of Theology, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Romans from the Sacra Pagina series, and Pal and the Christian Woman and is a contributor to the New Jerome Bible Handbook, published by Liturgical Press.

Author Bio

Brendan Byrne, SJ, is a professor of New Testament at Jesuit Theological College, within the United Faculty of Theology, Parkville, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Romans (1996) from the Sacra Pagina series, Galatians and Romans (2010), A Costly Freedom: A Theological Reading of Mark's Gospel (2008), Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew's Gospel in the Church Today (2004), and Life Abounding: A Reading of John’s Gospel (2014), published by Liturgical Press.

Editorial Reviews

This book would make a good textbook for an introductory course on the Gospel of Matthew.
The Furrow

Byrne's commentary on Matthew moves readers at a leisurely pace through the Gospel to allow time to savor insights and perspectives unique to Matthew's story of Jesus.
Theological Studies

A welcome contribution to Christian and religious studies shelves.
The Midwest Book Review

His attractive and clearly written study of Matthew is in the form of a commentary, but one that gives special attention to this liberating aspect of Matthew's Gospel.
The Bible Today

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