Angels have been analyzed in Christological research due to their primary function as messengers and mediators between heaven and earth. Their role in the Gospel narratives, however, has been largely unexplored.
Utilizing the Old Testament and sources from the Second Temple period to illustrate the variety of angel traditions, Bendoraitis identifies how these traditions are reflected in Matthew's Gospel and interprets the passages in which angels appear or are represented, resulting in a detailed exegesis of those passages which specifically mention angels. Each reference is critically analyzed in view of its role in the Gospel's narrative and in light of Matthew's redactional hand. In addition, each chapter is accompanied by a discussion of relevant traditions of angels in order to illustrate how Matthew's use of angels has facilitated his Gospel's message. The examination concludes by postulating three factors in the inclusion of angel traditions in Matthew's narrative, pertaining both to Matthew's Christology and worldview.
Kristian A. Bendoraitis (PhD) is Adjunct Lecturer at Spring Arbor University, USA.
Contents Introduction: Angels and Matthew 2. The Angel of the Lord and His Message (Matthew 1:18-2:23) 3. Angels at the Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11) 4. Angels at the Judgement (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, 47-50) 5. The Son of Man and His Angels (Matthew 16.27) 6. The Heavenly Worth of the Little Ones (Matthew 18:10) 7. Sadducees and Heavenly Angels (Matthew 22:30) 8. Son of Man and the Angels at the Judgement (Matthew 24:30-31, 24:36 and 25:31-46) 9. Angels at the Arrest in Gethsemane (Matthew 26:53) 10. Angel of the Lord at the Tomb (Matthew 28:2-10) Conclusion Appendices