The claim of the Matthean Jesus that “the meek . . . will inherit the earth” (5:5) is unique to the Canonical Gospels and a claim that reflects Psalm 36:11(LXX). This essay examines Matt 5:5 alongside this biblical intertext and within its wider Matthean context to assess its significance within Matthew’s overall narrative. While ultimately “inheritance of the earth” awaits “the renewal of all things” (19:27), the Risen Jesus with “all authority in heaven and on earth” (28:18) calls his disciples to a worldwide mission to “all the nations” (28:19-20) that constitutes proleptically an “inheritance of the earth.”
Weaver, Dorothy Jean
"Inheriting the Earth: Towards a Geotheology of Matthew’s Narrative,"
The Journal of Inductive Biblical Studies:
1, p. 6-29.
Available at: http://place.asburyseminary.edu/jibs/vol2/iss1/3