Here is a compliment for the new book by Holly Carey. It reminds me of the work of Jack Dean Kingsbury who took the SBL Matthew group by storm with his literary-critical, post-redaction criticism approach to Matthew. His approach was to work through what Matthew actually wrote and how what Matthew wrote framed Christology, kingdom, and discipleship. And he made a contribution to how many (and still do) understand the structure of Matthew. His major book, still very much worth your reading, was entitled
When it’s framed this way, it’s very reminiscent of how people talk about the “upside-down kingdom,” where the kingdom of God looks the opposite of what we expect. We expect strong males leading and being in charge, so we read the gospels that way. But all the while it is the women who are living real kingdom-focused lives.
Dr. Carey was a classmate of mine at Point. We are now colleagues there. Solid book.