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Great Commission, The
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I. I. New Testament – II. Missiology

I. New Testament

Matt. 28:16–20 is often called the Great Commission. The text is a manifesto summarizing the entire Gospel.

The speaker in the narrative is “Jesus” (“Ye/Ya saves”: 1:21), “Immanuel” (“El/God is with us”: 1:23; cf. also 2:15; 11:27; 17:5; 28:18). The theocentric Christology in Matthew implies a universal understanding, including Israel. Just as El or YHWH is believed in as the God of Israel and the nations, so is the God whose epiphany is in the …

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Frankemölle, Hubert and Grünschloß, Andreas, “Great Commission, The”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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