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When Mary tells Joseph: A play based on Matthew 1:18–19

Robin G. Branch
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 47, No 1 | a92 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v47i1.92 | © 2013 Robin G. Branch | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 July 2012 | Published: 30 July 2013

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Robin G. Branch, Faculty of Theology, North-West University, South Africa and Department of Bible and Theology, Victory University, United States


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Abstract

This play looks at a summary in Matthew 1:18−19.1 The summary discloses that Joseph learns of Mary’s pregnancy and chooses to divorce her. The play, based on this summary, investigates how he may have learned of her pregnancy, that is, from Mary herself.2 The play combines scholarship and the standard literary features of a drama-character, conflict, plot, setting, point of view, tone and dialogue.3 It includes material from Luke 1, Deuteronomy 22:21–29 and Numbers 30:6–8. The play encourages and engages the imagination of the cast and the audience.4

Hierdie toneelstuk handel oor die gedeelte in Matteus 1:18−19, waar Josef uitvind van Maria se swangerskap en besluit om van haar te skei. Die toneelstuk ondersoek die manier waarop hy van haar swangerskap te hore kom, naamlik van Maria self. In die drama word vakkundigheid gekombineer met die tipiese literêre elemente van ‘n karakterspel, naamlik konflik, intrige, uitgangspunte, stemming en dialoog. Dele uit Lukas 1, Deuteronomium 22:21−29 en Numeri 30:6-8 word ook ingesluit. Die verbeelding en betrokkenheid van die rolspelers en die gehoor word deur die toneelstuk aangewakker.


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