Exegesis of Matthew 24:14: The Meaning of “the End”

Kenneth Oppong

Exegesis of Matthew 24:14: The Meaning of “the End”

Keywords : Exegesis, Matthew 24:14, Meaning, End


Matthew chapter 23-25 records Jesus’ Eschatological discourse with His disciples. In the midst of this discourse Jesus said in Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” This text has been studied by many scholars in order to have a better understanding of it. What is the meaning of “τὸ τέλος” (the end)? The study aimed to do an exegesis of Matthew 24:14 in order to arrive at the appropriate meaning and interpretation of the word “the end.” The methodology was an analysis of historical and literary contexts of the passage. An exegesis of the disputed word in Matthew 24:14 were also studied. The study concluded that the primary meaning and interpretation of “τὸ τέλος” is referring to the destruction of Jerusalem. However, it is also possible to give a secondary meaning to “τὸ τέλος (the end)” as referring to the second coming of Jesus since it has commonalities with the destruction of Jerusalem.


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