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Bibil Identifier bibil:212983
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Matthew, Paul and the Origin and Nature of the Gentile Mission
Title (English, ) The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16-20 as an Anti-Pauline Tradition
Author Sim, David C.
Journal HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies (Volume: 64, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 377-392 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Great Commission at the conclusion of Matthew’s Gospel is one of its key texts. In this tradition the risen Christ overturns the previous restriction of the mission to Israel alone and demands that the disciples evangelise all the nations. The gospel they were to proclaim included observance of the Torah by Jew and Gentile like. Matthew’s account of the origin and nature of the Gentile mission differs from Paul’s view as it is found in the epistle to the Galatians. Paul maintains that he had been commissioned by the resurrected Lord to evangelise the Gentiles and that the gospel he was to preach did not involve obedience to the Torah. The later and alternative version of Matthew can be understood as an attempt by the evangelist to undermine these claims by Paul. Such an interpretation is consistent with Matthew’s anti-Pauline polemic that emerges elsewhere in the Gospel.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Nations
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Mission
Pericopes Matthew 28,16-28,20
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