The Breaking of Bread and the Breaking of Boundaries

The Breaking of Bread and the Breaking of Boundaries

Written by: Minkyu Lee

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  • Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften
  • Publish Date: 2015-07-22
  • ISBN-10: 1433127687
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This book investigates the Matthean use of "bread" and the "breaking of bread" in light of cognitive conceptual metaphor, which are not only intertwined within Matthew's narrative plots but also function to represent Matthew's communal identity and ideological vision. The metaphor of bread and its cognitive concept implicitly connect to Israel's indigenous sense of identity and religious imagination, while integrating the socio-religious context and the identity of Matthean community through the metaphoric action: "breaking of bread." While using this metaphor as a narrative strategy, Matthew not only keeps the Jewish indigenous socio-religious heritage but also breaks down multiple boundaries of religion, ethnicity, gender, class, and the false prejudice in order to establish an alternative identity and ideological vision. From this perspective, this book presents how the Matthean "bread" functions to reveal the identity of Matthew's community "in-between" formative Judaism and the Roman Empire. In particular, the book investigates the metaphor of "bread" as a source of Matthew's rhetorical claim that represents its ideological vision for an alternative community beyond the socio-religious boundaries. The book also reviews Matthean contexts by postcolonial theories - "hybridity" and "third space" - subverting and deconstructing the hegemony of the dominant groups of formative Judaism and the imperial ideology of Rome.

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