The Gospel of the Son of God
From beginning to end, the very structure of the Gospel of Matthew emphasizes that Jesus is the Son of God.
At climactic points Jesus is so identified—by Peter, by a Roman centurion, by Jesus himself, and by God the Father. With The Gospel of the Son of God, David Bauer provides a comprehensive introduction to this Gospel that has been so foundational to the Christian church. Arguing that the nature of Matthew itself should provide us with the framework for its study, he presents a holistic inductive approach with a literary, theological, and canonical focus.
In the first section on orientation, Bauer explores issues of genre, interpretive methods, authorship, audience, and literary structure. Then he moves to interpretation, guiding readers through the meaning of sections of the text. Finally, the reflection section synthesizes and develops major theological themes emerging from the interpretation, including Christology, salvation history, eschatology, and discipleship.
While providing a sound basis for the study of Matthew, Bauer goes beyond typical introductory issues to draw out the rich theological vision of the Gospel. His careful scholarship and clear exposition will make this a valuable resource for college and seminary students and pastors.
"The fruit of decades of research and teaching the Gospel according to Matthew, David Bauer's new introduction proves a sure-footed pathway for initiates while providing plenty of food for thought for those who think themselves already well-traveled. This will be the scholarly orientation to Matthew for the next generation."
Part 1: Orientation
1. Form and Genre
2. Approach and Method
3. Circumstances of Composition
4. Shape of Composition
Part 2: Interpretation
5. Interpretation of Matthew 1:1–4:16
6. Interpretation of Matthew 4:17–16:20
7. Interpretation of Matthew 16:21–28:20
Part 3: Reflection
8. Jesus: The Christological Titles
9. Jesus: Additional Aspects of Christology
11. Salvation History and Eschatology