Lifting The Burden


The title echoes Matthew 11:28-30: Come to me all you who labor and are overburdened, … and the general orientation of the book, which attempts to read Matthew through the lens of Hosea 6:6: What I [God] want is mercy not sacrifice, which Matthew quotes twice (9: 13; 12:7). In contrast to the burden-imposing interpretation of the Torah by the scribes and Pharisees (23:3), Matthew presents Jesus as interpreting the Torah in a way that is burden-lifting and gives primacy to the weightier matters of the Torah: justice, mercy, and peace (23:23).


SKU (ISBN): 9780814630266
Brendan Byrne
Binding: Trade Paper
Published: 2004
Publisher: Liturgical Press


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