Cover

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Half Title, Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. v-vi

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Acknowledgments

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pp. vii-viii

This monograph represents a slightly revised version of a PhD dissertation submitted to Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, in May 2014. I would like to thank my supervisor, Emeritus Professor Dr. William Loader FAHA (popularly known as Dr. Bill Loader). Not only has his gracious and insightful supervision informed my research ...

Abbreviations and Style

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pp. ix-x

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1. Introduction

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pp. 1-12

The message of salvation is one of the foremost themes in the Gospel of Matthew. Accordingly in the opening chapter Matthew has “the angel of the Lord” instruct Joseph to name his son “Jesus” because “he will save his people from their sins” (1:21; cf. 20:28; 26:28). “Jesus” (Ἰησοῦς) is the Greek form for the Hebrew name “Joshua” (ְעַהושֹי), ...

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2. Literature Review

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pp. 13-40

Mostly, in Matthew’s Gospel, the theme of salvation features or appears as part of or in relation to a wider range of theological themes and issues. Therefore, one can expect in Matthew’s treatment of Christology, the Law, the temple, the dietary and purity laws, Jesus’s healing and helping, his future predictions, his death and resurrection, and his final judgement, some treatment of the salvation theme. ...

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3. Method of Approach

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pp. 41-48

In our brief overview of recent research we noted that the theological positions of various scholars related to Matthew’s understanding of soteriology are varied and conflicting. The present study argues that such incoherence is primarily because the following aspects in Matthew’s Gospel were either not attended to, or received too little attention: ...

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4. The Saviour as Teacher and Judge: Matthew’s Initial Depiction of Jesus’s Salvific Roles in Chapters 1–7

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pp. 49-154

The Gospel of Matthew offers a theological-contextual understanding of God’s saving initiative in Jesus. In this respect, Matthew’s account of Jesus’s saving is a theological response to the historical and soteriological questions, challenges, and concerns of post-70 CE Judaism. Arguably, this best explains the distinctions and variations in Matthew’s version of the story of Jesus, ...

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5. The Saviour as Healer and Helper: Matthew’s Depiction of Jesus’s Salvific Roles in Chapters 8–25

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pp. 155-212

Having investigated Matthew’s description of Jesus’s salvific roles as teacher and judge in the preceding chapter, we now turn to how Matthew portrays Jesus’s saving as healer and helper, especially in chapters 8–25 but also elsewhere in the Gospel. The introductory pericope to Jesus’s mission (cf. 1:21) in 4:23–25, which forms an inclusio with 9:35, ...

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6. The Saviour in Death and Resurrection: Matthew’s Depiction of Jesus’s Saving in Chapters 26–28

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pp. 213-254

We have seen in chapters 4 and 5 of this study that, for Matthew, Jesus saves his people, as promised in 1:21—through his teaching, miracles, and helping (Matthew 1–25). But this raises a number of critical issues. Does Jesus’s saving through his teaching, miracles, and helping mean his saving mission (1:21) ends with his public ministry (Matthew 1–25)? ...

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7. Conclusions

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pp. 255-272

The purpose of this study has been to reexamine Matthew’s understanding of soteriology. According to Matthew’s birth narrative, Jesus’s role is to “save his people from their sins” (1:21). But this raises a number of questions. How does Matthew understand this saving role? ...

Bibliography

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pp. 273-291

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