Thursday, December 20, 2012
Is Matthew's "Death of Innocents" Episode Wholesale Invention?
Brian LePort referees opposing views on this question: Is Matthew's "Death of Innocents" episode simply literary invention? James McGrath and Tony Jones hash it out.
Here is the link.
Loosely related observation:
In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, Matthew 2:13-23 is getting more attention this Christmas. On the one hand, I have often lamented that this important episode generally gets forgotten during Santa Claus season. So perhaps we connect better with Matthew's good news once we are able to relate to Matthew's vision of darkness (i.e. exodus isn't "good news" unless one understands the utter horror of exile). On the other hand, there is something unspeakable about this recent tragedy. One wonders when it is appropriate to bring a singularly repugnant event into dialogue with larger cultural narratives.