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Heaven And Earth In The Gospel Of Matthew

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Overall several functions of the heaven and earth theme can be observed, most of which have been hinted at already in this book. In the first instance, the heaven and earth theme emphasizes the universality of God's dominion. Another important use of the heaven and earth theme in Matthew is to make a biblical-theological connection with the Old Testament. Thirdly, the heaven and earth theme serves to strengthen the Christological claims of the Gospel. This concluding chapter of reflections covers three areas. First, it examines how the heaven and earth theme argued throughout this book relates to dualism and the symbolic universe of Matthew. Next, it offers an interesting example of how Matthew's kingdom of heaven was appropriated in the second century. Finally, it provides a summary of the overall findings of this book followed by a number of conclusions that can be drawn from it.

Keywords: biblical-theological connection; Christological claims; God's dominion; Gospel of Matthew; heaven and earth; Old Testament



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