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Salvation-History in the Gospel of Matthew

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This chapter considers the relationship between the Old and the New Testament from the opposite viewpoint, namely that the Jewish Bible de facto became another book when it was taken over by the Christian Church. Discontinuity came to overshadow the continuity. The concept known as 'salvation-history' presupposes that salvation has a history, i.e. is manifest in a chain of events in which one state of things replaces another. New Testament theology characteristically consists in interpretations of the acts and fate of an historical person. The authors of the gospels of Matthew and Luke are salvation historians. The salvation-historical concept of Luke is the more comprehensible, not least because his Gospel was continued in Acts, and it was also the first to attract attention. A similar concept is, however, embodied in the Gospel of Matthew, though in the chapter it is expressed in another way.

Keywords: biblical theology; Gospel of Matthew; Luke; salvation-history



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