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HERMENEUTICS OF EXOUSIA AND THE EVANGELICAL MANDATE IN MATTHEW’S GOSPEL: Dialectics of Socio-Political Transformation for the Church in Africa.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Title Page —————————————————————– i
Requirement Page —————————————————— ii
Approval Page: ———————————————————– iii
Certification ——————————————————– iv
Dedication —————————————————————— v
Acknowledgements ——————————————————– vi
Abstract ——————————————————————— ix
Table of Contents ———————————————————- x
List of Abbreviations —————————————————– xvi
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION
1.1 Background to the Study ——————————————— 1
1.2 Statement of the Problem ——————————————– 3
1.3 Purpose of the Study ————————————————– 6
1.4 Research Methodology ———————————————– 7
1.5 Scope and Limitation of the Study ———————————- 8
1.6 Significance of the Study ——————————————— 9
1.7 Definition of Terms and Concepts ———————————- 11
CHAPTER TWO: LITERATURE REVIEW
2.1 Introduction ———————————————————— 30
2 .2 Exousia, the Church and Socio-Political Catalyst —————- 30
2.3 The Concept of Power in the Old Testament ———————- 49
2.4 Conceptual Framework and Analysis of Power in the
New Testament ——————————————————– 53
2. 5 Jesus Christ the Unique Link between OT and NT
xi
Concept of Power/Authority —————————————– 60
2.6 Matthew’s Perception of Exousia and the Evangelical
Mandate: A Critical Appraisal ————————————- 63
CHAPTER THREE: THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, AUTHORSHIP,
BACKGROUND, OCCASION AND PURPOSE OF WRITING
3.1 Introduction ———————————————————– 69
3:2 Authorship and Title of the Book of Mathew ——————– 69
3.3 Date of Writing of Matthew Gospel ——————————- 71
3.4 Theme of the Gospel According To Matthew ——————– 71
3.5 Purpose, Occasion, and Background of Matthew —————- 71
3.6 Timeline on Jesus life tapestry in Matthew ———————– 73
3.7 Literary features of Matthew —————————————- 74
3.8 Portrait of Jesus and Key themes in Matthew ——————— 75
3.9 The Setting and Sitz Im Leben of Matthew Gospel ————— 77
3.10 Outline of the Gospel according to Matthew Gospel ————- 78
3.11 The Gospels Parallel: A Comparative Analysis ——————– 82
3.12 Summary and Analysis of the Table ——————————– 103
CHAPTER FOUR: THE CHURCH, POWER AND POLITICS: IMPERATIVE
FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA
4.1 The Church, Power and Politics in Africa: It’s Role and
Response to the Socio-Political and Economic Evolution
Of the continent —————————————————— 105
4.2 Earliest Manifestation of Religious Politics in the post
Independent Nigeria: critical Appraisal ————————– 110
4.3 The Challenges of Islamic Religious Politics and
xii
Fundamentalism to National Development in the Post
Independent Nigeria ————————————————- 112
4.4 The Church and Politics in Nigeria: A Critical Analysis ——- 117
4.5 Religion Policy in a Secular Nigeria Constitution
A Catalyst for Socio-Politically Development in Nigeria:
Revisiting the Utopia of Secularism in Nigeria —————— 121
4.6 An Overview of Religion and other Social Dynamics
Symbiotic Relationship in the Society: Lessons for the
Church —————————————————————— 124
4.7 The Impact of Religious-Politics on Nigerian
Sustainable Development ——————————————– 127
4.8 Socio-Economic Empowerment Program in Early
Church: Challenges to the Church in Africa ———————– 130
CHPTER FIVE: THE CHURCH, STATECRAFT AND POLITICAL POWER:
AN APPRAISAL
5.1 Introduction ———————————————————- 134
5.2 The church, Statecraft, Authority (Exousia) and Politics:
A Roman Catholic Church Perspective ————————— 134
5.3 Scriptural Basis for Doctrine on the Relations Between
Christ’s Church and the State: A Holistic Approach ———— 136
5.4 The State, Church, Authority (Exousia) and Socio-Political
Transformation: An Anglo-Catholic Church Perspective from
John Calvin’s Example ———————————————- 140
5:5 Nigerian Christianity and Lethargic Political Mindset:
A Critical Appraisal ————————————————– 144
xiii
CHAPTER SIX: THE SITZ IM LEBEN OF EXOUSIA AND THE
EVANGELICAL MANDATE IN MATTHEW’S TRADITION: MATRIX IN
BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS.
6.1 Introduction ——————————————————— 147
6.2 Mathew as a Kerygma for Universal Mission —————— 147
6.3 The Church, Kingdom Authority and Power in Matthew —– 149
6.4 The Sitz Im Leben the Zealots Class and the Evangelical
Mandate Matthew: A Critical Analysis ————————– 153
6.5 Power Clauses in the New Testament: A Comparative
Analysis ————————————————————– 157
CHAPTER SEVEN: HERMENEUTICAL STUDY OF MATHEW 28:16-20 IN
THE LIGHT OF THE EVANGELICAL MANDATE
7.1 Introduction ———————————————————- 160
7:2 Sitz Im Leben of Exousia in Matthew Gospel and the
Evangelical Mandate in Matthew ———————————– 160
7:3 The text from the original Greek Language: ——————— 166
7.4 Philology and Exegetical Study of the Text (Matthew
28:16-20) ————————————————————– 167
7.5 Textual Criticism and Critical Commentary on Our Text —— 175
CHAPTER EIGHT: EXEGETICAL DISCOVERY ON THE TEXT (MATHEW
28: 16-20): TOWARDS PRAXIS IN BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS
8.1 Introduction ———————————————————– 179
8.2 The Galilean Gathering and the Evangelical Mandate:
xiv
Points of Significance ———————————————— 180
8.3 The Nature and Attribute of the Exousia (Power) of Jesus
in the Gospel ———————————————————– 182
8.4 Levels of the Given Exousia –Authority in the Gospel
for the Ecclesia-The Church —————————————– 186
8.5 The Significance of the Exousia (Authority) of Jesus in
Matthew for the Church ———————————————- 200
CHAPTER NINE: THE CHURCH AND THE CHALLENGES OF SOCIO–
POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION OF NIGERIA
9.1 Introduction ———————————————————- 209
9.2 Conditions That Has Necessitated the Church as well as
Christians Political Intervention in Socio-Political
Transformation of Nigeria —————————————— 209
9.3 The Goal of Christians in Participating in Politics ————– 218
9.4 Positive Impact of the Church in Politics ————————- 223
9.5 An Overview of Nigeria National Decay: A Call for
Sober Reflection for the Church, Christians and
Nigerian Citizens —————————————————– 227
9.6 Socio-Political Transformation: The Greatest Need
of Nigeria: A Clarion Call for Proactive Action on
the Part of the Church and Christians —————————— 229
9.7 The Church and the Challenge of National
Transformation: The Way Forward

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