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Matthew'S "Kingdom Of Heaven"

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The final aspect of Matthew's idiolectic use of heaven can be found in his frequently-used expression kingdom of heaven. This chapter covers several important topics related to the kingdom of heaven in Matthew. It observes how central the kingdom message is in the First Gospel and reviews the semantic issues of how to understand and translate βασιλεία. It then turns to the origin and meaning of kingdom of heaven in Matthew, offering a new understanding for its development in Matthew. The chapter argues that the most direct origin of Matthew's phrase can be traced to the cycle of stories in Daniel 2-7. It examines the important question of whether there is a difference in Matthew between kingdom of heaven and kingdom of God. Finally, it examines how Matthew's kingdom of heaven functions as part of his broader heaven and earth theme.

Keywords: βασιλεία; Daniel; First Gospel; heaven and earth; kingdom of God; kingdom of heaven; Matthew; semantic issues

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