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‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!’ A chiastic structure for Matthew 21:1–23:39

Jacob J. Scholtz
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 48, No 1 | a1802 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v48i1.1802 | © 2014 Jacob J. Scholtz | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 February 2014 | Published: 04 November 2014

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Jacob J. Scholtz, Department of Old and New Testament, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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The identity and authority of Jesus Christ is of fundamental importance. As Jesus’ public ministry is about to commence, God the Father attests to Jesus’ identity and the Spirit of God comes to rest on Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew, however, narrates the conflict over the Person and message of the King. As his public ministry is about to end, Jesus is involved in five controversies concerning his authority and identity. This article proposes a chiastic structure of Matthew 21:1–23:39, which focuses on the authority and identity of Jesus Christ, Lord and Son of David.

‘Geseënd is Hy wat kom in die Naam van die Here!’ Die chiastiese struktuur van Matteus 21:1–23:39. Die identiteit en gesag van Jesus Christus is van grondliggende belang. Aan die begin van Jesus se openbare bediening, bevestig God die Vader Jesus se identiteit en God se Gees kom rus op Hom. Die Evangelie van Matteus vertel egter van die konflik oor die Persoon en boodskap van die Koning. Naby die einde van sy openbare bediening is Jesus in ’n stryd oor vyf twispunte rakende sy gesag en identiteit gewikkel. Hierdie artikel stel ’n chiastiese struktuur van Matteus 21:1–23:39 voor, wat op die gesag en identiteit van Jesus Christus, Here en Seun van Dawid fokus.


Chiastic structure; Matthew 21:1-23:39; Matthew 23; identity and authority of Christ; five controversies


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