HTS Theological Studies
On-line version ISSN 2072-8050
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 panta ta e|qnh as used in 28:19 and subsequently the literary contexts of the commandment.
Keywords : Ultimate Commission; Matthew 28:19; Jews; Gentiles; discipleship.