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What's the Church? maybe extra importantly, what's it intended to be? How did its earliest participants comprehend this physique of which they'd develop into a part?This is a textbook number of fifteen essays via a world workforce of recent testomony specialists. The

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Somethin g simila r i s foun d i n th e Qumran communit y where the word tamim was used for the fully committed; and th e 'goodmen' among the Cathars i n fourteenth-century Franc e were called far/aits. Th e word doe s no t unfortunatel y imply mora l perfection : Be*libaste , fo r example , was a par/aitbut als o a scamp (E. Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou [E T London: Penguin, 1980]). I0 However wha t distressed hi m wa s that love, th e frui t o f the Spirit , was being overlooked i n the zeal for these gifts of the Spirit .

Margaret Davies, Matthew. Sheffield : Sheffiel d Academic Press, 1993. John Riches , Matthew. Ne w Testamen t Guides . Sheffield : Sheffiel d Academic Press, 1996. A fuller account of my own perspective, not limited to Matthew, is A Tale of Tw o Missions. London: SC M Press , 1994. A usefu l boo k o f essays on Matthe w i s Graham Stanton , A Gospel for a New People. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1992. For a full commentar y on th e Gospe l one cannot d o better than Ulrich Luz, Matthew. A Commentary.

This is why Jesus comes into Galilee, announcing tha t the time is fulfilled an d the kingdom o f God i s at hand. This purpose i s confirmed in Jesus' appointmen t of twelve men, wh o are chose n 't o b e with him ' (s o forming th e nucleu s o f th e ne w com munity) an d t o proclai m th e gospel . Th e symbolis m o f th e numbe r twelve, representing th e twelve tribes of Israel, is obvious. 5f, it is clear enough tha t the ministry of Jesus and his disciples is confined t o Israe l during his lifetime .

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