‘St Matthew and the Angel’ Rembrandt (1606-1669)

Course Description

In this exciting new course you will see how, with unique literary skill and artistry, Matthew portrays the character of Jesus in the light of the Old Testament’s promises and prophecies.

This course is designed to take you through some of the important themes found in Matthew’s Gospel, especially the themes of Jesus as the New Moses and the Transformative Restoration of the Davidic Kingdom. As you will see, Matthew skillfully paints the literary picture of Jesus as the New Moses who has come to restore the obliterated Davidic Kingdom, something God had promised he would do centuries earlier in Israel’s history, by ushering in the Kingdom of Heaven on earth.

This exciting course will take you through Matthew’s Gospel from the genealogy of Jesus, the Baptism by John, Jesus’ wilderness temptations, the Sermon on the Mount, through to Jesus’ ministry of miracles and his Missionary Discourse to the disciples. From there you will walk with Jesus as he travels to Caesare’a Philip’pi to bestow the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven upon Peter. You will see how Jesus enters Jerusalem and listen to him give his earth-shattering final discourse on the Mount of Olives before his climatic passion, death, and Resurrection.

Join us as we walk with Jesus on the path of discovering God’s divine plan for Israel and the Church, for both Jew and Gentile alike.

Course Objectives

  1. To understand how Matthew presents Jesus as a New Moses and a New David-like figure in order to accomplish a transformative restoration of the Old Testament’s Davidic Kingdom through a New Exodus.
  2. To see the five-fold structure of Matthew’s Gospel as the New Covenant’s New Torah.
  3. To learn how Jesus’ New Covenant abundantly fulfills and surpasses the Old Covenant.
  4. To discover how Jesus fulfills Old Testament prophecies throughout his ministry and mission.
  5. To understand the specific sayings and events recorded in Matthew’s Gospel in their proper Old Testament context.

Course Duration

6 Weeks: 12 Hours (i.e., two hours, one night a week).

Recommended Reading

Texts Recommended for Purchase by Course Participants:

Byrne, Brendan. Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew’s Gospel in the Church Today. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2004.

Sri, Edward. Mystery of the Kingdom: On the Gospel of Matthew. Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road Publishers, 1999.

Popular Level Reading:

Greenman, Jeffrey P. et al. (eds.). The Sermon on the Mount through the Centuries: From the Early Church to John Paul II. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2007.

Hahn, Scott and Curtis Mitch. The Ignatius Catholic Bible Study: The New Testament. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2010.

_________. The Ignatius Catholic Bible Study: Matthew. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000, 2nd ed. 2010.

Meyer, Ben F. Five Speeches that Changed the World. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 1994.

Mitch, Curtis and Edward Sri. The Gospel of Matthew: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2010.

Thematic Works for this Course:

Achtemeier, Paul J. Inspiration and Authority: Nature and Function of Christian Scripture. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 1999.

Béchard, Dean P. ed. and trans. The Scripture Documents: An Anthology of Official Catholic Teachings. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2002.

Bruce, F.F. The New Testament Documents: Are they Reliable? Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1981.

Catholic Church. Catechism of the Catholic Church. Homebush: St Pauls, 1994.

_________. The Historicity of the Gospels: Instruction of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Boston: Pauline Books and Media, 1964.

_________. The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church: Address of His Holiness John Paul II and Document of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Boston: St Paul Books and Media, 1993.

_________. Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, New Revised Edition, vol. 1. Edited by Austin Flannery. New York: Costello Publishing Company, 1996.

Dauphinais, Michael and Matthew Levering. Holy People, Holy Land: A Theological Introduction to the Bible. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2005.

Farkasfalvy, Denis. Inspiration and Interpretation: A Theological Introduction to Sacred Scripture. Washington DC. The Catholic University of America Press, 2010.

Geisler, Norman L. and William C. Roach. Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2011.

Hahn, Scott. A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God’s Covenant Love in Scripture. Michigan: Servant Publications, 1998.

_________. A Pocket Guide to the Bible. Huntington, IN: Our Sunday Visitor Division, 2008.

_________. Scripture Matters: Essays on Reading the Bible from the Heart of the Church. Steubenville, Ohio: Emmaus Road, 2003.

Shea, Mark P. Making Senses out of Scripture: Reading the Bible as the First Christians Did. San Diego: Basilica Press, 1999.

Sri, Edward. The Bible Compass: A Catholic’s Guide to Navigating the Scriptures. West Chester, PA: Ascension Press, 2009.

Stravinskas, Peter M.J. The Catholic Church and the Bible. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1996.

Vanhoozer, Kevin J. (ed.) Theological Interpretation of the New Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2005, 2008.

_________. (ed.) Theological Interpretation of the Old Testament: A Book-by-Book Survey. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2005, 2008.

Scholarly Level Reading:

Albright, W. F. and C. S. Mann. The Gospel According to Matthew. (Anchor Bible Commentary Series, vol. 26). Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, 1995.

Allison, Dale C. (ed.) Studies in Matthew: Interpretation Past and Present. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2005.

Allison, Dale C. The New Moses: A Matthean Typology. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.

Allison, Dale C. and W. D. Davies. Matthew 1-7. Great Britain: T&T Clark, 1988.

_________. Matthew 8-18. Great Britain: T&T Clark, 1991.

_________. Matthew 19-28. Great Britain: T&T Clark, 1997.

Aquinas, Thomas. Commentary on the Gospel of St. Matthew. Translated by Paul M. Kimball. Society of St. Pius X, 2012.

Davies, W. D. The Setting of the Sermon on the Mount. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1966.

Evans, Craig A. Matthew. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

France, R. T. The Gospel of Matthew (NICNT). Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2007.

Harrington, Daniel J. The Gospel of Matthew. (Sacra Pagina Series, vol. 1). Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2007.

Hauerwas, Stanley. Matthew. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2006.

Keener, Craig S. A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1999.

_________. Matthew. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 1997.

Nolland, John. The Gospel of Matthew (NIGTC). Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2005.

Sim, David C. Apocalyptic Eschatology in the Gospel of Matthew. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Stock, Augustine. The Method and Message of Matthew. Collegeville, MI: Michael Glazier, 1994.

Talbert, Charles H. Reading the Sermon on the Mount: Character Formation and Ethical Decision Making in Matthew 5-7. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2004.

Witherington III, Ben. Matthew. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys Publications, 2006.

Scholarly Journal Article:

Pitre, Brant. “The Lord’s Prayer and the New Exodus.” Letter & Spirit 2 (2006): 69-96.