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The target group of the Ultimate Commission (Matthew 28:19)

Kukzin Lee, Francois P. Viljoen

HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 66, No 1 (2010), 5 pages. doi: 10.4102/hts.v66i1.184

Submitted: 28 April 2009
Published:  05 March 2010


The inclusion of ‘all nations’ as the mission target in the Ultimate Commission of Matthew 28:19 somehow comes as a surprise. The Gentiles seem to have been excluded from Jesus’ and his disciples’ mission in two passages (10:5–6; 15:24). In an attempt to establish the target group of the great commandment, this article investigates the meaning of the phrase *[foreign font omitted] used in 28:19 and subsequently the literary contexts of the commandment.

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Kukzin Lee, North-West University, South Africa
Francois P. Viljoen, North-West University, South Africa


Ultimate Commission; Matthew 28:19; Jews; Gentiles; discipleship


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