Zwingli, Reformation Preaching, Genealogy in Matthew and the Catholic Church

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I am currently reading this book for my NT class (one of several books, actually). We are discussing Matthew at the moment (what, you couldn’t tell?) and well, this quote caught my eye. For those of you still looking for a contemporary Catholic Theologian, you might try Brown:

The Matthean sense of the genesis or origin or advent of Jesus Christ, however, goes beyond recalling the OT; and that is why I would insist it must be preached. I am not at all the first to claim this. In thinking about the initiators of the Protestant Reformation most Roman Catholics would recall Martin Luther and John Calvin; but there was a third famous Reformer, perhaps the most radical, Ulrich Zwingli, who was based in Switzerland. While he was still a functioning Catholic priest, he became pastor of the Cathedral of Zurich. Already imbued with the growing stress on the supreme importance of Scripture, he conceived the idea of preaching on the whole NT—yes, from the first verse of Matthew to the last verse of Revelation—an idea that in a sense found ultimate acceptance in the Catholic Church after Vatican II with the three-year lectionary of readings that cover most of the NT and invite even daily homilies. Accordingly, in January 1519 Zwingli began his project by preaching on the Matthean genealogy, a homiletic challenge that would have caused most preachers then and there to retreat in despiar. But Zwingli maintained that if one understood it correctly, this genealogy contained the essential theology of the Reformation. I would be even bolder: it contains the essential theology of the Old and New Testaments that the whole Church, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestants, should proclaim. (p52-53)

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One Reply to “Zwingli, Reformation Preaching, Genealogy in Matthew and the Catholic Church”

  1. brown is quite right. on all counts. i’m glad you’re reading that book. it will be of great benefit to you. brown was a fantastic and still pious scholar.

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