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Matthew: Structure, Christology, Kingdom


Structure, Christology, Kingdom

Jack Dean Kingsbury (Author)


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This book attempts a solution to the problems of the structure, christology, and Kingdom-theology of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. The author contends that the broad structure of the Gospel consists of three main parts: the person of Jesus Messiah, the proclamation of Jesus Messiah, and the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Messiah.

This understanding of the broad structure of Matthew's Gospel opens the way to a proper understanding of his christology. That is, for Matthew Jesus is first and foremost the Messiah, the Son of God. Kingbury's analysis of the texts in which "Son of God" appears, and of the numerous other christological terms Matthew employs, confirms this conclusion.

Professor Kingbury demonstrates how Matthew develops both the structure and the primary theological concept of his Gospel, "The Kingdom of Heaven," around the christological category of "the Son of God." A rigorous conclusion reached is that the focus of the Gospel of Matthew is revealed more in his christology than in his ecclesiology.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800623388
  • Pages 178
  • Publication Date April 28, 1989


"Professor Kingsbury has brought to the Gospel of Matthew a fresh glance and a new insight. Without ignoring the heavy backlog of scholarship on this Gospel, he has proposed that redaction criticism restore its focus on christology which is the heart of Matthew's message. Amid the wealth of titles of Jesus used by Matthew, Kingsbury argues persuasively that the Evangelist saw Jesus first and foremost as Song of God"
— George MacRae, Harvard University

Table of Contents


  1. The Structure of Matthew's Gospel and His Concept or Salvation-History
    • A. The Structure of the Gospel
      B. The Structure of the Gospel Reconsidered
      C. The Evangelist's Concept of Salvation-History
      D. Summary Excursus

  2. The Christology of Matthew: The Title Son of God
    • A. The Title "Son of God" in 1:1-4:16
      B. The Title "Son of God" in 4:17-28:20
      C. Summary

  3. The Christology of Matthew: Other Titles
    • A. Minor Christological Terms
      B. Major Christological Terms
      C. Summary

  4. Matthew's View of the Son of God and the Kingdom of Heaven
    • A. The Gospel of the Kingdom
      B. The Concept of the Kingdom of Heaven
      C. The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of Satan
      D. The Kingdom of Heaven and Israel and the Nations
      E. The Kingdom of Heaven and the Church