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Between the Mount of Transfiguration and Jerusalem and beyond: The chiastic structure of Matthew 17:14–20:34

Jacob J. Scholtz
In die Skriflig/In Luce Verbi | Vol 51, No 1 | a2211 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ids.v51i1.2211 | © 2017 Jacob J. Scholtz | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 23 October 2016 | Published: 09 May 2017

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Jacob J. Scholtz, Discipline Group Old and New Testament, Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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In this article, a chiastic structure in Matthew 17:14–20:34 is identified, evaluated and discussed. This structure highlights the movements of Jesus between the Mount of Transfiguration and Jerusalem as he is on his way to the cross to provide forgiveness of sins. However, this chiastic structure may also be considered in its wider, prophetic context. The structure of Matthew 17:14–20:34 fits into the larger thought or movement of Matthew 16:28–25:46. This shows Jesus’ movements from the Mount of Transfiguration to Jerusalem and beyond — not only during his first advent, but also at his second coming.


chiastic structure; Matthew; Mount of Transfiguration; Jerusalem; First Advent; Second Advent; forerunner


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