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The Fatherhood of God in Matthew : Towards a Theology of God in the Synoptic Gospels in Indian Context
Authorship Description
I. Limatemsu Ao.
Bibliographical Details xviii, 290 p. 25 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 935148372X
ISBN-13 9789351483724, 978-9351483724
Year of Publication 2019.
Series Biblical Hermeneutics Rediscovered - 22.
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"This book attempts to present a systematic analysis of the passages that deals with the nature and work of God in the Synoptic Gospels particularly focusing on the fatherhood of God in the Gospel of Matthew. In doing so the author has brought out the uniqueness and subtleties of the interwovenness of God theme in the narratives of the Gospels.

The scholarly work is carried out by making use of the redaction criticism as the main tool, giving priority to the context of the Evangelists examining the life-situations and theological emphasis. Thereby the work also does justice to the comparative dimension between the Gospels and has presented quite comprehensively the working of God concept in Mark and Luke.

It has also made effort to re-conceptualize the theology of God in Indian religions and theology with particular emphasis on Ao-tribal religions in Nagaland. Though the theme seems to be conventional yet it certainly makes a vital contribution to fresh understanding of the Synoptic Evangelists in the Indian situation. The author affirms that the theme of the fatherhood of God is so prominently projected in the Gospel of Matthew that it has important implications for the ongoing understanding of God in New Testament theology, and also for doing theology and engaging in God-talk in India.


List of Abbreviations

1. Introduction Methodological Considerations
2. The Fatherhood of God in Greco-Roman and Jewish Literatures
3. The Fatherhood of God in Mark, Luke and Paul
4. The Fatherhood of God in Matthew
5. Fatherhood of God: The Hub of Matthean Theology
6. Fatherhood of God: A Reconceptualization in Indian Thinking, Theology and christian Witness
7. Conclusion: The Fatherhood of God in Metthew


Dr. I. Limatemsu Ao hails from Merangkong village (Nagaland). He has completed his B.Th from Clark Theological College (1998); B.D from Union Biblical Seminary, Pune (2000-2002); and pursued Master of Theology (NT) from United Theological College (2004-2006). He did his Doctoral studies at UTC (2011-2015). He has also obtained MA in Philosophy from Osmania University, Hyderabad (2009).

After being on various esteemed positions in his academic career, presently he is serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of New Testament at Trinity Theological College (TTC), Dimapur, Nagaland. He has also contributed a number of articles in some of the leading Indian theological journals - Bangalore Theological Forum, SATHRI Journal of Theology and Clark Journal of Theology and pastoral reflections at Masihi Sivak-Journal of Christian Ministry (UTC, Bangalore).

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