My super-talented former student and close friend, Chris Borah, has made this graphical representation of my analysis of Matthew’s structure and flow. It highlights how the five major discourses have their own varying functions and roles within the overall, highly-structure narrative that is the First Gospel. I discuss this in chapter 5 of my forthcoming The Sermon on the Mount and Human Flourishing: A Theological Commentary, but not with this graphical awesomeness!
I am struck not only by the beauty and insight of what he has created but also am reminded of the reality of how different modes of communication cannot be collapsed into each other: a graphic representation communicates things that can not be said any other way. Wonder-ful! (The classic Metaphors We Live By is a good place to start thinking about language in this way. Even more philosophical, Taylor’s The Language Animal).
Enough on that. Here it is:gospel-matthew-topographical-jtp-cb