Original Research

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

Kukzin Lee, Francois P. Viljoen
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 66, No 1 | a184 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v66i1.184 | © 2010 Kukzin Lee, Francois P. Viljoen | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 April 2009 | Published: 05 March 2010

About the author(s)

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


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


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