Matthew is a Semitic gospel written as an encouragement to Jewish Christians and as an apologetic to unbelieving Jews. From the outset Matthew identifies Jesus as one of royal Davidic lineage and Abrahamic descent. Matthew immediately identifies with Judaic tradition portraying Jesus with the Immanuel figure of Isaiah 7:14 (1:23). This motif of the Jewishness of the gospel is especially prevalent in its depiction of Jesus’ role as the fulfilment of the Old Testament’s messianic hope (2:4, 26:63) as well as running throughout the text on varying levels. Perhaps one of the most interesting theories offered in detailing this continuation between testaments is Leske’s proposal that Jesus’ role and ministry is antecedent to the Isaianic literature, and, in particular, the Servant nation of Israel.
Values are extremely important in understanding and defining particular cultures. Values determine many other aspects of a culture, including norms, beliefs, and behaviors. Due to societal pluralism and subcultures, the values of each person within a particular culture may vary slightly, but it remains true that each dominant culture has its own unique set of core values. The diverse cultures of the world as we know them could not exist without their distinctive values.
Manning and Baruth (2009, p.24) defines culture as “people’s values, languages, religions, ideals, artistic expressions, patterns of social and interpersonal relationships and ways of perceiving, behaving and thinking.” However, in this paper, cultural identity also relate to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class and all that defines the self. Hence to have a positive cultural identity (PCI), one must be able to identify with and integrate those identities that bring about a well-built, healthy self-perception and a sense of well-being. PCI would also be ingrained into a person’s self-concept seeing as culture affect how a person thinks, understands and perceives the self. “I am a psychology student, my mother’s daughter and I am gay.” The sentence used to describe myself illustrates how culture shapes the structure of self-concept with the use of more social self-descriptions indicating an interdependent self, typical in collectivistic cultures (Franzoi, 2009). Besides shaping the self-concept, it is important to form a positive cultural identity because PCI regulates our beliefs about how self-development should proceed (Greenfield, 1994; as cited in Franzoi, 2009).
Identity is defined as the mixture of conception as well as the expression of a person. It entails the affiliations with other people or groups. It is the specific characteristic that is associated with a particular individual. This character is mostly generated from how one is brought up and the environment surrounding an individual’s upbringing process. The identity is closely related to reputation as well as self image.
One’s sense of identity is determined largely by the choices and commitments made, therefore, having a well-developed sense of self can provide an individual with insight to their strengths, weaknesses, and individual uniqueness. An individual that finds themselves
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The source argues the concepts of identity, belonging and home for successive generations living in Diaspora. The source could be used to show the change in the Palestinian identity with time. "Row over accepting Israel as 'Jewish'." BBC News. N.p., n.d.
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Culture, is also one of the characteristics that defines us, and it is the art and manifestations of human knowledgeable achievement. How is culture reflected in an individual and nation’s identity? Since identity is the characteristics that defines their selves, culture can be one of them. An individual,