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Matthew’s Messianic Shepherd-King: In Search of “the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”
Willitts, Joel

Berlin: de Gruyter, 2007 pp. ix + 270. $141.00

Series Information
Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die neutestamentliche Wissenschaft und die Kunde der älteren Kirche, 147


Description: In two places in the First Gospel (Matt 10:5b-6; 15:24) the Messianic mission of Jesus and his disciples is limited to a group called ‘the lost sheep of the house of Israel’. In light of Matthew’s intense interest in Jesus’ Davidic Messiahship and the Jewish Shepard-King traditions surrounding King David it is argued that the 'lost sheep of the house of Israel' refers to remnants of the former northern kingdom of Israel who continued to reside in the northern region of the ideal Land of Israel.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Literature

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Review by Donald Senior
Published 8/29/2009
Citation: Donald Senior, review of Joel Willitts, Matthew’s Messianic Shepherd-King: In Search of “the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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