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The Kingdom of God in the Gospel of Matthew

Esbensen, Michael J. (2010) The Kingdom of God in the Gospel of Matthew. Master of Theology (major thesis) thesis, UNSPECIFIED.


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Utilising insights from Narrative Critisicm, informed by Historical Criticism, this thesis examines the four occurrences of the term 'the Kingdom of God' in the Gospel of Matthew: 12:28; 19:24; 21:31 and 21:43. An 'Inclusio' is identified, comprised of the section from Matthew 12:28 to Matthew 21:43. Matthew's 'Sitz im Leben' is then discussed within the context of the 'Inclusio'.
Matthew clusters the themes of 'the Kingdom', 'Pharisees' and 'fruit' to warn his cmmunity not to emulate the way of contemporary Pharisaism. It was this Pharisaic imphasis which was condemned by Matthew's Jesus: 'the Kingdom ''came upon' them in Judgement 12:28 and it will be 'taken from' them 21:43. Thus Matthew deliberately uses the term 'the Kingdom of God' to devastating effect in his narrative.

Item Type: Theses (Master of Theology (major thesis))
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Matthew 12:28, Matthew 19:24, Matthew 21:31, Matthew 21:43, Kingdom, Kingdom of God, Pharisees, fruit, fruits, John the Baptist, Isaiah, narrative, Inclusio
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - New Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: STC: Stirling Theological College
Depositing User: Users 2 not found.
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2010 23:15
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2013 00:05
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/519

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