Little attention is usually given to the space or place of the kingdom. Yet Matthew employs the distinctive phrase “kingdom of heaven” and also portrays Jesus as Immanuel (God with us). In this volume Patrick Schreiner argues that by expanding one's view of space one can see that Jesus' purpose is to reorder the space of the earth in Matthew as the heavenly king.
Jesus pierces the barrier between the two realms in his incarnation, and the spaces of heaven and earth begin to collide in his ministry. Therefore, in Matthew, Jesus does not just promise a temporal or ethereal kingdom, but one that is located, one that has a sense of rootedness. Jesus is granted authority over this space and inspires people to follow him in this construction project. The spatial kingdom begins in his body, and he extends it to his church by promising his presence.
About the Author
Patrick Schreiner is Assistant Professor of New Testament Literature and Language at Western Seminary in Portland Oregon, USA.
Table of Contents
List of Tables
List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
Part 1: Space: The Final Frontier
1. The Eclipse of Space
2. The Presence of Jesus and the Spatial Kingdom
3. Spatial Theory
Part 2: Jesus vs. Beelzebul
4. Lord of Heaven and Earth
5. If By the Spirit: The Spirit, The Spatial Kingdom and the New Exodus
Part 3: World-Building with Words
6. Salt, Light, Dust, and Fields
7. The Meek Community and the Temple
Part 4: People, Presence, and Place
8. A New World and the Community
9. The Kingdom as Thirdspace