Salvation in Continuity: Reconsidering Matthew's Soteriology

Salvation in Continuity: Reconsidering Matthew's Soteriology

by Mothy Varkey

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Overview

It is clear that according to Matthew's Gospel, Jesus came to "save his people from their sins" (1:21), to "give his life as a ransom for many" (20:28), to have his blood "poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins" (26:28). But if salvation as promised in 1:21 is achieved only through Jesus' death, asks Mothy Varkey, are the twenty-five preceding chapters merely preamble? Varkey argues, to the contrary, that the key theme of salvation in the Gospel is presented by Matthew as being in continuity with God's saving acts in the history of the Jewish people. Further, Varkey insists that, as a consequence of this theology of continuity, Jesus' death on the cross represents just one of the many ways in which the Gospel presents God's salvific deeds. The death of Jesus, while unique due to his ontological status as Son of God, should not be distinguished too sharply from his saving acts during his earthly ministry, which took the form of salvific teaching of the Torah, healings, exorcisms, and forgiving of sins. The result is a narrative emphasizing the continuity of salvation throughout Jesus life, reaching into Israel's past, and beyond into the work of the disciples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506425061
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Series: Emerging Scholars
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Mothy Varkey is honorary postdoctoral associate at Murdoch University, Australia.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Abbreviations and Style ix

1 Introduction 1

2 Literature Review 13

3 Method of Approach 41

4 The Saviour as Teacher and Judge 49

Matthew's Initial Depiction of Jesus's Salvific Roles in Chapters 1-7

Introduction 49

Genealogy, Fulfillment Citations, and Typologies: Affirmation of Historical and Soteriological Continuity 50

The Status of Jesus the Saviour 57

Jesus Saves from Sins (1:21) 72

John-Jesus-Ecclesia in Continuity 75

Description of Jesus's Salvific Role as the Judge to Come 81

The Saviour as Teacher and Judge in Matthew 5-7: Promise, Law, and Continuity 87

Teacher and Judge: Promise, law, and Continuity Elsewhere in Matthew 112

The Saviour as Teacher and Judge: Concluding Comments 150

5 The Saviour as Healer and Helper 155

Matthew's Depiction of Jesus's Salvific Roles in Chapters 8-25

Introduction 155

Supplementing John the Baptist's Role Description of Jesus as the Judge to Come (11.2-5) 156

The Saviour as Healer and Helper in the Present of His Ministry 159

Authorising the Ecclesia and Issues of Continuity 203

The Saviour as Healer and Helper: Concluding Comments 209

6 The Saviour in Death and Resurrection 213

Matthew's Depiction of Jesus's Saving in Chapters 26-28

Introduction 213

Matthew's Depiction of Jesus's Saving in His Death in the Context of "for the Forgiveness of Sins" in 26:28 and the Relation between 26:28 and Chapters 1-25 214

What Else Is Salvific in Matthew's Depiction of Jesus's Passion and Resurrection? 240

The Saviour in Death and Resurrection: Concluding Comments 250

7 Conclusions 255

Bibliography 273

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