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Chapter Summary

This chapter assesses the crowds' identification of Jesus as a prophet at 21:11. It first considers the provenance of the passage and the place of the eschatological prophet in Matthew. The chapter then proceeds to examine 21:11 and the implications of the verse for an understanding of the crowds. It also describes the violent fate of the Jesus the eschatological prophet. The first is to signal Jesus' relation to Jerusalem, and the second to anticipate Jerusalem's relation to him. In the former instance, Matthew has re-arranged the account of the Triumphal Entry to highlight Jesus' very first action in Jerusalem - the cleansing of the temple. Finally the crowds' identification sets the stage for Jesus' prophetic condemnation of the temple and cult. The crowds unwittingly initiate the "violent fate of the prophets" by identifying Jesus as a prophet to Jerusalem.

Keywords: eschatological prophet; Jerusalem; Jesus; Matthew; Triumphal Entry



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