The Gospel of Matthew is pivotal in scholarly discussion on the hermeneutical use of
the Old Testament in the New. In this publication Bitrus Sarma proposes that Matthew
utilizes the Old Testament as a book of promise of God’s salvific plan and that Jesus is the
fulfillment of that promise. For Matthew, God’s purpose to save fallen humanity is the
grand narrative of the Bible. Using promise-fulfillment as the interpretative framework
for mission theology, Sarma explores redemptive events and institutions, geography,
prophetic ministry, and intertextual typology.