The Body of Jesus: A Spatial Analysis of the Kingdom in Matthew
The Body of Jesus: A Spatial Analysis of the Kingdom in Matthew

The Body of Jesus: A Spatial Analysis of the Kingdom in Matthew

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by Patrick Schreiner

Pages 208
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2016
ISBN-13 9780567667205
Little attention is usually given to the space or place of the kingdom. Yet Matthew employs the distinctive phrase “kingdom of heaven” and also portrays Jesus as Immanuel (God with us). In this volume Patrick Schreiner argues that by expanding one's view of space one can see that Jesus' purpose is to reorder the space of the earth in Matthew as the heavenly king.

Jesus pierces the barrier between the two realms in his incarnation, and the spaces of heaven and earth begin to collide in his ministry. Therefore, in Matthew, Jesus does not just promise a temporal or ethereal kingdom, but one that is located, one that has a sense of rootedness. Jesus is granted authority over this space and inspires people to follow him in this construction project. The spatial kingdom begins in his body, and he extends it to his church by promising his presence.

  • Table of contents
  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Preface
  • Foreword
  • List of Abbreviations
  • Part 1: Space: The Final Frontier
    • 1. The Eclipse of Space
    • 2. The Presence of Jesus and the Spatial Kingdom
    • 3. Spatial Theory
  • Part 2: Jesus vs. Beelzebul
    • 4. Lord of Heaven and Earth
    • 5. If By the Spirit: The Spirit, The Spatial Kingdom and the New Exodus
  • Part 3: World-Building with Words
    • 6. Salt, Light, Dust, and Fields
    • 7. The Meek Community and the Temple
  • Part 4: People, Presence, and Place
    • 8. A New World and the Community
    • 9. The Kingdom as Thirdspace
  • Bibliography
  • Indexes

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