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Bible Study: Parody and Subversion in Matthew's Gospel

Bert Newton

This podcast series explores the Gospel of Matthew as literature, as a story. I make the argument that the story is one of a nonviolent revolutionary peasant leader named Jesus or Joshua (depending on whether you transliterate from the Greek or the Hebrew). The story, therefore, is sociopolitically subversive. Not only is the story subversive in its content, it is also subversive in its form. It parodies an ancient genre of literature common among the upper classes.I will make the argument that the author of this gospel was a defector from the upper classes (probably the retainer class) who expressed his solidarity with a peasant movement by writing out a version of the story of its foremost champion.The music used in this series comes from several sources. The intro and exit music is a composition entitled "Oaks of Madison" by my good friend Bob Nolty. Much of the interlude music beginning in episode 2 was composed specifically for this series by my friend and brother-in-law, David Martyn. In episode 1, most of the interlude music is royalty free music by various artists who will be credited on the Subversive Wisdom website, once that site gets up and running.The icon art work is by David Martyn.

Recent Episodes

Episode 53: Palm Sunday, Making an Ass Out of Rome, Matthew 21:1-11September 13, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 52: The Crucible of Equality, Matthew 20:17-34August 31, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 51: Parable of the Vineyard Workers, Matthew 20:1-16August 16, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 50: Matthew 19:13-30July 27, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 49: Divorce (again), Eunuchs, and Patriarchal Household Structures, Matthew 19:1-12July 18, 2021 Episode artwork Special Episode: Interview with Pastor Marcos CanalesJuly 13, 2021 Episode artwork Addendum to Episode 48July 06, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 48: Parable of the Tyrant King and Unforgiving Slave, Matthew 18:21-35June 29, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 47: An Alternative Crimininal Justice System; Matthew 18:15-20June 21, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 46: The Greatest in the New Society, Matthew 18:1-14June 14, 2021 Episode artwork Special Episode: Ancient Palestine, Modern Israel, Matthew, Jesus, the Pharisees, and UsJune 07, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 45: Interpretations, Moonstruck People, Temples, Drachmas, and Fish, Matthew 17:9-27May 30, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 44: The Transfiguration, Matthew 17:1-8May 23, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 43: The Turn Toward Jerusalem, Matthew 16:21-28May 16, 2021 Episode artwork Special Episode: The Politics of Translation; an interview with Dr. James FehrMay 04, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 42: Rocky Peter and another Temple, Matthew 16:13-20April 30, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 41: Resistance Versus Nationalism, Matthew 16:5-12April 18, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 40: You want a sign? What have I been doing here? Matthew 16:1-4April 12, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 39: The 2nd Mass Feeding, Matthew 15:29-39April 07, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 38: The Canaanite Woman, Matthew 15:21-28March 15, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 37: Jesus' Zeal for the Law and Traditions of Israel; Matthew 15:1-20March 08, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 36: 2nd Sea Crossing, Matthew 14:22-36February 26, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 35: A Tale of Two Banquets, Matthew 14: 1-21February 19, 2021 Episode artwork Special Episode: Jesus Against the Power of Temples and PriestsJanuary 23, 2021 Episode artwork Episode 34: The Great Scribal Reversal, Matthew 13:44-58January 16, 2021 Episode artwork