The Nature and Demands of the Sovereign Rule of God in the Gospel of Matthew
The Nature and Demands of the Sovereign Rule of God in the Gospel of Matthew

The Nature and Demands of the Sovereign Rule of God in the Gospel of Matthew

in The Library of New Testament Studies

by Margaret Hannan

Pages 278
Publisher T&T Clark
Published 2006
ISBN-13 9780567041746
This work argues that the author of the Gospel of Matthew structures his work as a Bios or biography of Jesus, so as to encapsulate, in narrative form, the essence of his theological understanding of God's Basileia (sovereign rule), as proclaimed and taught in the teaching and healing mission of Jesus. Evidence for this is found in Matthew's careful use of structural markers to divide his story of Jesus into significant thematic sub-sections in which he uses a series of Basileia logia at incisive points to highlight aspects of Jesus' teaching and healing mission. In this way, Matthew is able to portray Jesus, as God's promised Messiah, who instructs his disciples through discourse and narrative, hence in word and example, in the nature and demands of God's sovereign rule.

By structuring his Gospel as a story, Matthew depicts Jesus giving instructions to his disciples and also instructs the readers of the text. Hence, Matthew's Gospel becomes a manual of instruction on the nature and demands of God's sovereignty. Its purpose is to ensure that not only the members of the Matthean community, but all future disciples of Jesus are competently trained to carry out Jesus' commission: "Go therefore and disciple all the nations ..." (28:19-20). In this way, the goods news of God's saving presence is proclaimed to all the nations until God's eschatological reign is finally established.

  • Table of contents
  • Chapter 1 - Introduction and Methodology 
  • Chapter 2 - The Message and the Messenger
  • Chapter 3 - Discipleship for the Kingdom of the Heavens Chapter 4 - Preparing Labourers for the Harvest
  • Chapter 5 - Knowing the Mysteries of the Kingdom
  • Chapter 6 - The Keys of the Kingdom of the Heavens Chapter 7 - Gaining Status in the Kingdom of the Heavens Chapter 8 - The Consequences of Rejecting Jesus' Message Concerning God's Basileia
  • Chapter 9 - Awaiting the Kingdom of the Father
  • Chapter 10 - God's Basileia- Good News for the Nations Conclusion
  • Bibliography

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