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Matthean Beatitudes in Socio-Historical Context : Their Implications for Contemporary Christian Discipleship
Authorship Description
Rev. Dr. Vanlalchhawna Khiangte.
Bibliographical Details xxxviii, 311 p. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351481190
ISBN-13 9789351481195, 978-9351481195
Year of Publication 2016.
Series Christian Heritage Rediscovered - 36.
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This book presents a study of the Matthean Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12) from social-historical perspective and their implications for contemporary Christian discipleship.

The author meticulously investigated the socio-historical background of the Matthean community at first instance, and then has done an exegetical study on the Matthean Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12) using the historical critical method as the main tool. Also, he has employed insights on the socio-historical experience of the Matthean community for drawing exegetical conclusions. The author concludes that the Matthean Beatitudes can be subsumed under the category of apocalyptic beatitudes. While the first, the second, the fourth, the eighth and the ninth beatitudes (Matt 5:3, 4, 6, 10, 11-12) mainly pronounce consolation to the suffering people of God (the Matthean community); the third, the fifth, the sixth and seventh beatitudes (Matt 5:5, 7, 8, 9) carry ethical exhortation too.

This scholarly work not only fills an important gap in Matthean studies by refocusing on the importance of these prefatory beatitudes in St. Matthew's gospel, but it does so from the vantage point of the wider hermeneutical perspective provided by contemporary New Testament investigations.

The author affirms that these beatitudes have important implications for Christians in India today, both as a consolation to the downtrodden, impoverished and persecuted Christians; and as an exhortation to the Christians in general to pursue ethical conduct as required in their specific contexts befitting the followers of Jesus Christ. This well-researched work is a treat for all the theological students across the globe due to its clarity, use of scholarly materials and systematic exploration of relevant materials.







1. The Socio-Historical Setting of Matthew's Gospel

2. Exegesis of Matthew 5:3-12 (The Beatitudes)

3. Implication of the Matthean Beatitudes for Contemporary Christian Discipleship




Rev. Dr. Vanlalchhawna Khiangte is an ordained minister of the Baptist Church of Mizoram (BCM). After working as a missionary for seven years (1985-1992) he studied B.D. at Union Biblical Seminary, Pune (1992-1996). He worked as a pastor for four years (1996-2000) under the BCM. After he finished M.Th. (New Testament) from United Theological College, Bangalore (2000-2002), BCM deputed him to teach at the Academy of Integrated Christian Studies (AICS) in 2002, which is continuing.

He completed his doctoral study under the SATHRI of the Senate of Serampore College/University in October, 2011. He was the Vice Principal, and now is the Academic Dean and Dean of Ministerial Training at the AICS, Aizawl, Mizoram.

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