Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew
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Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew

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Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew addresses one of the central theological problems of Matthew's Gospel: what are the relationships between Israel and the Church and between the mission to Israel and the mission to the Gentiles? To answer these questions, Matthias Konradt traces the surprising transition from the Israel-centered words and deeds of Jesus (and his disciples) before Easter to the universal mission of Jesus' earliest followers after his resurrection.

Through careful historical and narrative analysis, Konradt rejects the interpretation of the Gospel of Matthew that the Church replaced Israel in God's purposes—that is, the interpretation that because Israel rejected Jesus as Israel's Messiah, the Church replaced Israel in the role of God's chosen people. Konradt instead discovers in Matthew that the Israel- and universally-centered dimensions of God's saving purposes are far more positively connected. Matthew develops a narrative that features Jesus' identity as both the messianic Son of David and the universal Son of God. What developed into a mainly Gentile Church should never think of itself as the "new" or "true" Israel; rather, according to Matthew's Gospel, the Church represents an extension of the promises first made to Israel and now inclusive of the Gentiles.

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Title: Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew
By: Matthias Konradt, Wayne Coppins, Simon Gathercole
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Baylor University Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 1 pound 14 ounces
ISBN: 1481301896
ISBN-13: 9781481301893
Series: Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity
Stock No: WW1301893

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Matthias Konradt is Professor of New Testament at Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg.

Wayne Coppins is Professor of Religion at The University of Georgia.

Simon Gathercole is Reader in New Testament Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Kathleen Ess is a doctoral student in New Testament Studies at Ruprecht-Karls University, Heidelberg.

Editorial Reviews

Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew is one of the most important monographs on Matthew published in the last decade.


Konradt’s detailed and updated study on a topical Matthew theme will be widely welcomed by those students and scholars who read only English.


Any theory is accountable to the text. This is the strength of Konradt’s work. His reading coheres with the structure of the Gospel of Matthew’s Christology, and he also provides careful exegesis of individual texts.


Ably translated from the German original by Kathleen Ess, this work brings to an English-speaking audience an exceptionally thorough and cogent reading of Matthew’s theology...For those who want to discover in depth the theology of Matthew’s gospel as well as understand the profound relationship between Judaism and Christianity, this is a book to savor.


A powerful synthesis of Matthean ecclesiology


A meticulous yet sweeping study of Matthew’s narrative…A very important book for Matthean scholars to engage. (For the German edition)


A monumental synthetic study of ecclesiology in the Gospel of Matthew


This exemplary study of Matthew’s theology has significance not only for an accurate interpretation of this Gospel but also for opening new horizons for the contemporary Christian-Jewish dialogue.


This is a major synthetic work on Matthean ecclesiology that captures a strong trend in current Matthean studies. Through his meticulously argued and heavily documented thesis, Konradt has presented a view of Matthew's ecclesiology that is compelling and comprehensive. (For the German edition)

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