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Matthew: Structure, Christology, Kingdom


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.

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.

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  • Describes Christology as the heart of Matthew’s message
  • Segments the Gospel of Matthew into three distinct sections for study
  • Analyzes with clear insight the passages in which the term “Son of God” appears
  • The Structure of Matthew’s Gospel and His Concept of Salvation-History
    • The Structure of the Gospel
    • The Structure of the Gospel Reconsidered
    • The Evangelist's Concept of Salvation History
    • Summary
  • The Christology of Matthew: The Title Son of God
    • The Title “Son of God” in 1:1–4:16
    • The Title “Son of God” in 4:17–28:20
    • Summary
  • The Christology of Matthew: Other Titles
    • Minor Christological Terms
    • Major Christological Terms
    • Summary
  • Matthew’s View of the Son of God and the Kingdom of Heaven
    • The Gospel of the Kingdom
    • The Concept of the Kingdom of Heaven
    • The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of Satan
    • The Kingdom of Heaven and Israel and the Nations
    • The Kingdom of Heaven and the Church
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, former dean, Harvard Divinity School

Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology, Presbyterian School of Christian Education.