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The Gospel Of Matthew

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Scholars have noted the developed presence of both sapiential and apocalyptic elements within the Gospel of Matthew. This chapter selects three sections (Matthew 5-7, Matthew 11-12 and Matthew 24-25) within the gospel that may be examined in some depth. It gives some thought to the beginnings of the Matthean narrative as found in chapters 1-4 of the gospel. A significant amount of evidence points to the fact that Matthew's eschatology is also inaugurated, and that it centres upon the revealing of wisdom to an elect group. Such an understanding of Matthew's theology seems to do better justice to the variegated character of the gospel its strongly sapiential and strongly apocalyptic character than does the "Wisdom Christology" seen by some scholars.

Keywords: apocalyptic element; Gospel of Matthew; sapiential element; Wisdom Christology



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