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Universalism according to the Gospel of Matthew


Guido Tisera and Fr. Robert Schmitz, svd

This work studies the theme of universalism, namely the sharing of the gentile nations in salvation according to the gospel of Matthew. The method being employed is synchronic. All the texts that are relevant to the theme are interpreted, taking into account their context and their synoptic parallels. The study reveals that the theme of universalism is well organized and gradually developed in the gospel of Matthew. It constitutes one important theme.
Contents: The salvation for the gentile nations has been foreseen in Jesus' genealogy and birth despite the fact that he came first of all for Israel. With the increasing opposition of the Jewish leaders, the salvation goes to the Gentiles. Only after Jesus' death and resurrection is there an explicit mission to all nations.