Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew Paperback

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Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew

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"Pennington's study underlines the importance of the heaven-and-earth theme and offers a helpful way of considering its significance. His rejection of the reverential circumlocution and Semitic origin hypotheses of this language is convincing."--Warren Carter, Biblical Interpretation

The theme of heaven and earth is a much-overlooked aspect of the Gospel of Matthew. In this work, rising scholar Jonathan Pennington articulates a fresh perspective on this key interpretive issue. He challenges both the scholarly and popular understandings of the meaning of Matthew's phrase "kingdom of heaven" and overturns some long-held assumptions in New Testament scholarship.

Pennington argues that rather than being a reverent way of referring to God, as is typically assumed, "heaven" in Matthew is part of a highly developed discourse of heaven and earth language. He explains that Matthew's way of using heaven language serves one overriding theological purpose: to highlight the tension that currently exists between heaven and earth or God and humanity, while looking forward to its eschatological resolution. Now available in paperback, this volume will appeal to students of the New Testament, including those interested in its theological and pastoral applications.

Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew by Jonathan T Pennington was published by Baker in January 2009. The ISBN for Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew is 9780801037283.

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"When I began to read this book, I was sure that the main thesis was wrong. When I finished, I was sure it was right. This is a significant contribution that corrects much we have mistakenly taken for granted."--Dale C. Allison Jr., Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

"This book is a refreshingly well-written compendium of research that is both comprehensive and convincing. Pennington has articulated a more careful understanding of a pervasive theme in the first Gospel that must be accounted for in subsequent scholarship."--Daniel M. Gurtner, assistant professor of New Testament, Bethel Seminary

"Pennington's work on heaven and earth in Matthew enriches readers at several levels. He challenges long-standing exegetical assumptions, showing that they lack a credible foundation. He offers a deft and insightful interpretation of the terms heaven and earth in Matthew and fruitfully explores the theological import of the terms. We stand in debt to Pennington for this significant and creative study."--Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"This clear and compelling study sheds fresh light on familiar but inadequately understood expressions dominant in Matthew's Gospel. Specialists will appreciate Pennington's thoroughness, logical rigor, and independence of judgment. Pastors and advanced students will benefit from his practical findings. This is a model of creative investigation into Matthew's theological convictions and literary strategy."--Robert W. Yarbrough, professor of New Testament and department chair, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"Matthew's distinctive use of the term kingdom of heaven is usually treated as an insignificant variant of kingdom of God. Pennington's persuasive argument shows, however, that it is integral to Matthew's theology and serves a distinctive theological purpose. This book makes an important contribution to our appreciation of the theology of Matthew's Gospel."--Richard Bauckham, emeritus professor of New Testament studies, University of St. Andrews, Scotland

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Page last updated 24th September 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBaker (January 2009)
Weight658g
Number of Pages399
Thickness28 mm
Height226 mm
Width150 mm
ISBN9780801037283
ISBN-10080103728X
Product Code4039846
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