7. The Gospel of Matthew

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Introduction to New Testament (RLST 152)

The Gospel of Matthew contains some of the most famous passages that both Christians and non-Christians are familiar with. However, Matthew also presents itself paradoxically as preaching a Torah observant Christianity and a Christian mission that seeks to reach gentiles. The figure of Jesus in Matthew is that of a teacher, the founder of the Church, and the model for the apostles and Matthew’s own community. Matthew seems to be writing for a church community that needs encouragement to have faith in a time of trouble.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Matthew: The Most Famous Gospel
12:29 – Chapter 2. Jesus and the Torah in Matthew
22:08 – Chapter 3. The Foundations of the Church in Matthew
27:51 – Chapter 4. Jesus as a Model for the Disciples
35:44 – Chapter 5. The Stilling of the Storm in Matthew

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This course was recorded in Spring 2009.