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

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

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Overview

This rich study offers the best explanation available of the Christian mission to people of every ethnic group.

In plumbing the depths of Matthew's Gospel and other ancient documents, James LaGrand provides a full biblical description of the messianic mission to all people everywhere. He also demonstrates the contemporary relevance of the discussion, showing, for example, why certain modern developments--from Church Growth principles to political apartheid--contradict the Christian gospel. Now available in a paperback edition with a new preface by Richard Bauckham, LaGrand's work offers a valuable perspective on the church's mission.


"LaGrand's book is enormously gratifying for many reasons besides its exhaustive comprehensiveness. The author's style is delightfully readable, his concepts crisp and clear. He carries his message forward with consistent coherence and a truly estimable facility with the ancient biblical languages and the contemporary languages of Western scholarship." - Journal of Empirical Theology

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802846532
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/07/2007
Pages: 308
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.65(d)

Table of Contents

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. A. Harnack and ‘the Tübingen School’
    B. Key Terms in Current Discussions
    C. Aim of the Present Study

    Part One ISRAEL AND THE NATIONS

  3. MODERN TERMS AND CONCEPTS: PROBLEMS AND CHALLENGE
  4. A. Conceptual Analysis
    B. Linguistics
    C. The Several Israels and Various Nationalities
    D. The Threat of Expert Opinion
  5. IDENTIFICATION IN ANCIENT SOURCES
  6. A. Hebrew Bible
    B. Septuagint and Apocrypha
  7. USAGE IN NEAR-CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
  8. A. Pseudepigrapha and Qumran
    B. Philo and Josephus
    C. Paul in his own account and Luke’s
    D.Other NT writings and the Didache
  9. LATER TRAJECTORIES OF THE CONCEPTS
  10. A. Syriac Christianity
    B. Rabbinic Judaism

    Part Two JESUS AND THE NATIONS

  11. LIVING TRADITIONS IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE GOSPEL
  12. A. The Multiple Tradition about Jesus
    B. Scriptures as Background and Directives
    C. Messianic Expectations (Matthew 10.5b-6)
  13. PROSELYTIZING (Matthew 23.15)
  14. A. "Scribes and Pharisees"
    B. "A Single Proselyte"
    C. "More Divided Than Yourselves"
  15. THE NATIONS IN THE DESIGN OF THE GOSPEL: SIGNALS OF THINGS TO COME
  16. A. Arguments from Design
    B. Presentation
  17. THE NATIONS IN THE DESIGN OF THE GOSPEL: PROCLAMATION IN WORD AND DEED
  18. A. Call to Discipleship
    B. Instructions for the First Mission
    C. Parables—To Know the Mysteries
    D. Mighty Acts and the Sign of Jonah
    E. Two Exceptional Responses to Non-Israelites
  19. THE NATIONS IN THE DESIGN OF THE GOSPEL: ESTABLISHMENT OF THE KINGDOM
  20. A. The Messiah’s Death
    B. The Resurrection of the Lord
  21. THE GREAT COMMISSION (Matthew 28.16-20)
  22. A. Textual and Literary Criticism
    B. Sayings of the Risen Jesus
    C. Preparation for Pentecost
  23. CONCLUSION
  24. A. The Single People of God
    B. Israel’s Messiah, Lord of the Nations

    MAPS

    A.The Land of Israel ca. AD 30
    B.The World of the Messianic Mission ca. AD 35

    SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

    A. Texts & Translations
    B. Resources for Analysis
    C. Monographs: Commentaries and Studies

    INDEX

    A. Ancient Texts Cited
    B. Authors
    C. Subjects

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