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Title: Revisiting Matthew's Special Material in the Passion Narrative
Subtitle: A Dialogue with Raymond Brown
Author(s): SENIOR, D.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 70 Issue: 4 Date: December 1994
The appearance of Raymond Brown’s important two-volume work on the passion narratives will undoubtedly bring new vitality to discussions of this portion of the gospel literature. Brown’s study bears his characteristic qualities: careful, nearly encyclopedic review of the literature; judicious use of form and redactional criticism; balanced judgments about the historical background of the gospel materials; and a strong interest in the theological perspectives of the evangelists.
This review will focus on only one dimension of Brown’s study, namely his conclusions concerning the special material in Matthew’s passion narrative. While overall Brown tends to submerge his treatment of Matthew’s narrative into that of Mark – referring sometimes to “Mk/Matt” as if one text – he gives considerable specific attention to the issue of the sources underlying Matthew’s special material, at times using this starting point to take issue with what he considers an overly mechanistic application of the two-source theory.