The Gospel of Matthew: Women's Study
Thursdays • begins September 12
9:30–11:15am • Room 301
Matthew, the first of the four gospel accounts of the life of our Lord, is
the longest of the four and the most Jewish. Serving as a bridge between the Old and New Testaments, Matthew presents Jesus as Messiah and King of Israel, the fulfillment of all that the Old Testament anticipates. Matthew contains at least 40 quotations from the Old Testament as well as more interactions between Jesus and the Jewish authorities than do the other gospels; yet this gospel has a strong interest in the Gentiles, revealing the writer’s evangelistic thrust—Jesus is not only the Jewish Messiah but also the salvation of the Gentiles. The gospel’s frequent use of the term “kingdom of heaven” and its teaching through twelve kingdom parables underscore Matthew’s Jewish emphasis; however, as the gospel progresses, Matthew increasingly reveals Jesus’ warnings to the Jews, especially regarding the sin of hypocrisy. Matthew emphasizes the concept of true righteousness rather than mere ritual righteousness. This study will focus on who Jesus is and what it means for us today to be His disciples and grow into His likeness.
Contact: Nancy Caudel
firstname.lastname@example.org • 286.1101