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IhΣoyΣ, The Davidic Messiah, as Political Saviour in Matthew’s History

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The author's "relational-contextual" approach reads Matthew as a story that re-tells the "history" of how God sent Joshua from Egypt as Moses' successor to save Israel. In Matthew's story, opposition to Jesus came from the Israelite elite, but only insofar as their collaboration with Rome was concerned. Matthew follows Mark's naming of Jesus as the Davidic Messiah and the royal Son of God to a large extent, but adapts it to suit his own intention and situation. The outline in Matt 4:23,15 repeated in Matt 9:3516 to complete the circle of dialogue and narrative, forms the backdrop against which the discourse is acted out, namely Jesus' mission to all of Israel. This mission comprises the proclamation of the "gospel of the kingdom", and the "good tidings" of a saviour who cares for the "little ones", who calls them a "family" by resocializing them into God's "imperial household" through empowering healing.

Keywords: God; Israelite elite; Jesus as the Davidic Messiah; Matthew's history; political saviour



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