The eschatology of the Gospel of Matthew

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Of all the canonical gospels, the Gospel of Matthew is the most eschatologically minded. Its fullest treatment of eschatological themes (Matt 24) is based on material drawn from Mark’s Gospel. However, Matthew expands and supplements the Markan account to provide a more extensive vision of end-time events. Matthew’s eschatological material has a dual purpose. First, it is fundamentally part of his Christology. It presents Jesus as heavenly king and judge. Second, it is motivational for the life of discipleship. Here Matthew emphasises in greater detail the negative picture of future judgement over the more positive vision of eschatological judgment. Matthew, like all followers of Jesus, did not have first-hand experience of the end of the age. For that reason, he resorts to images and parables to depict it. He conceives of the eschaton as resulting in dualistic fates, and he is certain that one of those outcomes is to be avoided at all costs. The other can only be enjoyed by remaining faithful to the pattern of discipleship as set out by the Matthean Jesus.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTo Recover What Has Been Lost
Subtitle of host publicationEssays on Eschatology, Intertextuality, and Reception History in Honor of Dale C. Alison Jr.
EditorsTucker Ferda, Daniel Frayer-Griggs, Nathan C. Johnson
Place of PublicationLeiden
ISBN (Electronic)9789004444010
ISBN (Print)9789004443501
Publication statusPublished - 26 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameNovum Testamentum Supplements
ISSN (Print)0167-9732
ISSN (Electronic)2214-9619


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