Book Review: Metanoia (Repentance)—A Major Theme of the Gospel of Matthew (ChoongJae Lee)


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What are Matthew’s main themes throughout his Gospel? What ideas was he really trying to communicate to his readers? Is it Jesus as Messiah? King of Israel? Son of God? What about repentance? Could repentance be a major theme? Jesus opens his public ministry with the command, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt 4:17), yet as a theme in Matthew, repentance (µετάνοια, metanoia) has not been studied by scholars. In his revised and published dissertation, ChoongJae Lee—who earned his PhD under Jonathan Pennington, a Matthean scholar, and is currently an adjunct professor at MBTS—explores how repentance fits in the Gospel of Matthew and shows how it is a major theme. Like a pinch of leaven, repentance pervades Matthew’s Gospel.

Both John the Baptist and Jesus begin their ministries with the exact same phrase, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt 3:2…

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