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The Body of Jesus: A Spatial Analysis of the Kingdom in Matthew
Schreiner, Patrick

London: Bloomsbury, 2016 pp. xiv + 188. $120.00

Series Information
Library of New Testament Studies, 555


Description: Little attention is usually given to the space or place of the kingdom. Yet Matthew employs the distinctive phrase “kingdom of heaven” and also portrays Jesus as Immanuel (God with us). In this volume Patrick Schreiner argues that by expanding one's view of space one can see that Jesus' purpose is to reorder the space of the earth in Matthew as the heavenly king. Jesus pierces the barrier between the two realms in his incarnation, and the spaces of heaven and earth begin to collide in his ministry. Therefore, in Matthew, Jesus does not just promise a temporal or ethereal kingdom, but one that is located, one that has a sense of rootedness. Jesus is granted authority over this space and inspires people to follow him in this construction project. The spatial kingdom begins in his body, and he extends it to his church by promising his presence.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches

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Review by Wongi Park
Published 11/29/2018
Citation: Wongi Park, review of Patrick Schreiner, The Body of Jesus: A Spatial Analysis of the Kingdom in Matthew, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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