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SCHOLTZ, Jacob J.. Reading Matthew 13 as a prophetic discourse: The four parables presented in public. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.1, pp. 1-7. ISSN 1018-6441.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ids.v49i1.1870.

This article proposes that the task of Jesus' disciples could be to juxtapose new and old unconditional prophecies concerning the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 13 can be read as a prophetic discourse and specific, prophetic referents are identified to gain insight into the prophecies contained in these parables. From a pre-millennial perspective, the kingdom of heaven is seen to exist in terms of the New Covenant in a spiritual sense from the cross of Christ onwards, but it will also be established in a literal sense in terms of the Davidic Covenant when Christ returns. This article discusses the four parables of Matthew 13 that were presented in public.

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