‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!’ A chiastic structure for Matthew 21:1–23:39
The identity and authority of Jesus Christ is of fundamental importance. As Jesus’ public ministry is about to commence, God the Father attests to Jesus’ identity and the Spirit of God comes to rest on Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew, however, narrates the conflict over the Person and message of the King. As his public ministry is about to end, Jesus is involved in five controversies concerning his authority and identity. This article proposes a chiastic structure of Matthew 21:1-23:39, which focuses on the authority and identity of Jesus Christ, Lord and Son of David.