n HTS : Theological Studies - Matthew and apocalypticism as the "mother of Christian theology" : Ernst Käsemann revisited

Volume 58, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



The aim of this article is to reflect on Ernst Käsemann's dictum that apocalyp-ticism was the mother of all Christian theology. Käsemann used the Jesus tradition behind the Gospel of Matthew for the substantiation of his argument and understood the process of marginalization in Matthew's community in light of the development between the charismatic Paul and the institutionalized Früh-katholizismus. This article argues for a possibility other than the conflict between charismatic law-free Jesus' followers and apocalyptically oriented Jesus' followers. The setting of Matthew refers to post-70 CE scribal activity and a conflict between the scribe Matthew, coming from a Jerusalem apocalyptically oriented Jesus group, and scribes who were in the process of establishing the first phase of a Pharisaic rabbinate on the border between Galilee and Syria.

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