by E. Anne Clements
An intriguing study of the women included in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, revealing their importance for our understanding of the radical message of the gospel.
Chapter 8: Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth: Aspects of Matthean Discipleship:
Part 1 has established that the first three named women of Matthew’s Gospel are characterized within their Hebrew narratives not in terms of their sinfulness or scandalous sexual activity but by their virtues of righteousness, faith, and loyalty. This short chapter will argue that righ-teousness, faith, and loyalty are three central aspects of the Matthean Jesus’ teaching in relation to discipleship. It is therefore significant that these themes first appear in the stories of Tamar (righteousness), Rahab (faithand loyalty), and Ruth (loyalty). The naming of Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth inthe genealogy highlights and anticipates the importance of these themes as key virtues for Matthew. No attempt will be made to address fully each theme; my purpose is… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!