James LaGrand investigates the text of Matthew's Gospel to straw how the first Christians understood and claimed Israel's messianic mission to people of every ethnic group immediately after Jesus' death and resurrection.
LaGrand first examines the Hebrew Bible and other ancient documents to uncover the meaning in Matthew's time of the terms "Israel" and "the nations" in relation to fellowship and witness. This interesting background study not only demonstrates that "Israel" was understood much more broadly than its usual ethnic basis, but it also has contemporary relevance, showing, for example, that certain modern developments -- from the "homogeneous unit principle" of the Church Growth movement to political apartheid -- contradict the Christian gospel.
In the second part of the book, LaGrand discusses Matthew's Gospel in the context of Israel's literature, as a document written later than Paul's letters but before A.D. 70., and shows that, following Jesus' death and resurrection, his followers came to view the Gentile mission as a logical extension of Israel.
First published as part of the University of South Florida's International Studies in Formative Christianity and Judaism series, this paperback edition of LaGrand's work includes a new preface by Richard Bauckham, an author's note, redrawn maps, and an extended index.
|Israel and the Nations|
|Modern Terms and Concepts: Problems and Challenge||p. 17|
|Identification in Ancient Sources||p. 47|
|Usage in Near-Contemporary Literature||p. 75|
|Later Trajectories of the Concepts||p. 95|
|Jesus and the Nations|
|Living Traditions in the Background of the Gospel||p. 105|
|Proselytizing (Matthew 23.15)||p. 145|
|The Nations in the Design of the Gospel: Signals of Things to Come||p. 157|
|The Nations in the Design of the Gospel: Proclamation in Word and Deed||p. 187|
|The Nations in the Design of the Gospel: Establishment of the Kingdom||p. 211|
|The Great Commission (Matthew 28.16-20)||p. 235|
|The Land of Israel ca. AD 30||p. 16|
|The World of the Messianic Mission ca. AD 35||p. 102|
|Select Bibliography||p. 253|
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Number Of Pages: 300
Published: September 1999
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.4