Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Theology (ThD)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Erich Kiehl

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Luke 16:16; Matthew 10:1-16; Matthew 11:12; Matthew 13:44-46; Matthew 18:3-4; Matthew 19:16-26; Matthew 19:27-30; Matthew 20:1-16; Matthew 21:28-46; Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 24:15; Matthew 25:1-46; Matthew 4:17,23; Matthew 5:10; Matthew 5:20; Matthew 5:3,10; Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 8:10,11; Matthew 9:35;


In Matthew's Gospel Jesus speaks frequently on the topic of "the Kingdom of Heaven" both in His speeches and in His parables. His purpose is not only to reveal this important truth to mankind, but also to urge people to enter this Kingdom of Heaven. This idea can be seen explicitly in His “entrance message" such as in 5:20; 7:21; 18:3; 19:23,24, along with some other related passages, and is also implied in many of His parables.2 The purpose of this study is to explain through the exegesis of selected Matthean texts and the interpretation of some Matthean parables the meaning of Jesus' teaching on "entering the Kingdom of Heaven."

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