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The Earliest Christian Mission to 'All Nations' in the Light of Matthew's Gospel - James LaGrand

The Earliest Christian Mission to 'All Nations' in the Light of Matthew's Gospel

Paperback Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9780802846532
Number Of Pages: 304

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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.

Author's Note
Introductionp. 1
Israel and the Nations
Modern Terms and Concepts: Problems and Challengep. 17
Identification in Ancient Sourcesp. 47
Usage in Near-Contemporary Literaturep. 75
Later Trajectories of the Conceptsp. 95
Jesus and the Nations
Living Traditions in the Background of the Gospelp. 105
Proselytizing (Matthew 23.15)p. 145
The Nations in the Design of the Gospel: Signals of Things to Comep. 157
The Nations in the Design of the Gospel: Proclamation in Word and Deedp. 187
The Nations in the Design of the Gospel: Establishment of the Kingdomp. 211
The Great Commission (Matthew 28.16-20)p. 235
Conclusionp. 249
The Land of Israel ca. AD 30p. 16
The World of the Messianic Mission ca. AD 35p. 102
Select Bibliographyp. 253
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9780802846532
ISBN-10: 080284653X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: September 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.29  x 1.65
Weight (kg): 0.4