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Similarly, another group of 4000 men plus women and children had been with Jesus for three days in the wilderness and were fed so they would not become faint on the way. 35 Matthew either shows little interest in fasting or promotes other interests that involve being fed and cared for by Jesus. Many motives and goals for fasting may be found in Jewish tradition, for example, repentance for sins, preparation for prayer or visionary experience, Asceticism and the Gospel of Matthew 23 and petition or intercession with God.
26. : Princeton University Press, 1996), chap. 8. For an analysis of the Gospel of Matthew using sociological categories, see Saldarini, chap. 5. 27. See Stark’s more extended analysis of the compensators offered by religion for scarce but desirable rewards in Stark and Bainbridge, 36–42. 28. Wilson, Magic and the Millennium: A Sociological Study of Religious Movements of Protest among Tribal and Third-World Peoples (London: Heinemann, 1973). 29. Some scholars have claimed that Matthew softens the original demands made by Jesus.
In the Gospel of Matthew, the dominant subject is Jesus, and the subjectivity he creates is most consistently expressed as discipleship or following. 7. More particularly, the cultural processes described here usually include and require some kind of education or socialization process for the young and continuing socialization and adaptation for adults and the culture as a whole. This broad sense of education recognizes that a culture with its views of self, society, and outsiders is constantly changing with circumstances or (re)constructing itself.