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date: 16 May 2021

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This chapter begins by identifying and evaluating five central emphases evident in narrative criticism as it involves work on Matthew’s Gospel: attention to a unified coherent narrative, the linear reading experience, examination of dimensions of the narrative (plot, characters, settings, etc.), attention to reading as an implied reader, and the relationship between narrative and history. It argues that claims of some narrative exponents to produce the expected reading of an ideal implied reader is an illusion. It proposes instead that the way ahead lies in an acknowledgment of and attention to the constructive roles of real readers and an alliance with ideological and cultural criticisms to value multiple voices, locations, and readings from real readers.

Keywords: Matthew’s Gospel, narrative criticism, implied reader, real reader, expected reading, plot, rhetoric, characters, narrative

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