Matthias Konradt, Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew

Published 2014

Translated by Kathleen Ess.

For the Baylor University Press page, see here.

For the Mohr Siebeck Verlag BMSEC series page, see here.

For the German version, see here.

For Matthias Konradt’s English-Language Publications, see here.

For Matthias Konradt’s “German Scholars” post, see here.

For Matthias Konradt’s University webpage, see here.


Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew is full of original observations and fresh arguments. Konradt has built a new foundation for all future work on the crucial topic of Israel and the Church in Matthew’s Gospel.” — Dale C. Allison, Jr., Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

“A meticulous yet sweeping study of Matthew’s narrative … A very important book for Matthean scholars to engage” — Fred W. Burnett, Anderson University

“This is a major synthetic work on Matthean ecclesiology that captures a strong trend in current Matthean studies … Through his meticulously argued and heavily documented thesis, Konradt has presented a view of Matthew’s ecclesiology that is compelling and comprehensive” — Donald Senior, Catholic Theological Union

Published Reviews of the English Version

“The book is essential reading for anyone working on Matthew’s Gospel and should be numbered among the most important Matthean works of the last decade. This is for three reasons: (1) Konradt’s detailed exegetical work; (2) his comprehensiveness in treating the whole of the Gospel; and (3) his constructive and fresh post-supersessionistic interpretation of Matthew’s theology of Israel and the Church. In a manner not often achieved in one book, the work couples minute attention to detail with synthetic integration.” — Joel Willitts, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 58 (2015), pp. 827-831:

Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew is a meticulously researched and provocative challenge to latent anti-Semitism and supersessionist theology within Matthean studies.”  — Chance Bonar, Neotestamentica 49.2 (2015), pp. 457-462 (here)

“The original German edition appeared in 2007, and this series—edited by Wayne Coppins and Simon Gathercole—translates ‘works by leading German scholars that represent outstanding contributions in their own right’ (p. ix). Konradt’s significant work of Matthean scholarship can now have broader influence. Konradt’s volume exemplifies meticulous research, astute insights, and measured conclusions. Kathleen Ess’s excellent English translation is most welcome, and she has ensured that Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew will remain relevant to conversations on early Jewish–Christian relations for the foreseeable future” — James Barker, SCJR 11, no. 1 (2016): 1-2 (full review here)

“This important study is a translation of the original German monograph published by Mohr Siebeck in 2007 … Konradt’s detailed and updated study on a topical Matthean theme will be widely welcomed by those students and scholars who read only English.” — David C. Sim, Religious Studies Review 42/1 (2016), p. 41 (here)

“Ably translated from the German original by Kathleen Ess, this work brings to an English audience an exceptionally thorough and cogent reading of Matthew’s theology… For those who want to discover in depth the theology of Matthew’s gospel as well as understand the profound relationship between Judaism and Christianity, this is a book to savor.” — Donald Senior, The Bible Today (2016), p. 293:

“Konradt presents a powerful synthesis of Matthean ecclesiology and shows that interpretations of the Gospel that succumb to an easy assumption that sees the church (and/or Gentiles) and Israel as competing entities with the former replacing the latter cannot explain numerous nuances of Matthew. Overall, I found Konradt’s argument to be persuasive on a number of levels even though there are some remaining difficulties.” — Joshua Jipp, Bulletin for Biblical Research 26.1 (2016), 130-132 (132).

“If one can speak of a “New Perspective” on Paul that reassesses the apostle’s relationship to Judaism, then the same could be said of this splendid study, which represents a newer perspective on Matthew’s Gospel, providing a fresh reading of this Gospel’s missiology and ecclesiology. … This exemplary study of Matthew’s theology has significance not only for an accurate interpretation of this Gospel but also for opening new horizons for the contemporary Christian-Jewish dialogue.” — Donald Senior, Horizons 2017, pp. 199-200 (here).

“L’auteur montre brillamment comment Mt prend en charge l’histoire privilégiée d’un Israël élu et comment il raconte que ce lien au salut n’équivaut pas à une possession mais s’ouvre en nouveaté selon le dessein de Dieu … Le thème de l’ouverture aux nations dans Mt, si souvent abordé de manière trop générale ou absconse est ici traité avec perinence et efficacité.” — Céline Rohmer, Études Théologiques et Religieuses 92 (2017), 487-489.

Blog Responses

Joel Willitts (June 7, 2015): Matthew and the People and the Land of Israel

Joel Willitts (June 9, 2015): Matthias Konradt on “Israel” and the “Church”

For Wayne Coppins blog posts on this volume, see here.

Reviews of the German version

See here.

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