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The Father In Heaven In Matthew

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There has been some debate in the realm of "Historical Jesus" studies about how much and in what form Jesus addressed God as Father, or if he even did at all. The consensus among scholars is that Jesus certainly did refer to God as Father and that this emphasis was important for Jesus' teaching. This can be seen clearly in Matthew and John. The connection between Father in heaven and kingdom of heaven should not be overlooked. It provides a crucial clue to Matthew's theological point. This chapter focuses on the question how the image and language of God as Father functions in Matthew's narrative, particularly as it relates to the theme of heaven and earth. It focuses on this question, surveying Matthew's image of God as a heavenly Father and showing how this contributes to broader heaven and earth contrast theme.

Keywords: Father in heaven; heaven and earth; heavenly father; Jesus; John; kingdom of heaven; Matthew



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