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The Gospel of Matthew: At the Crossroads of Early Christianity

  • Catholic Theological Union
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Let one of the world’s foremost Scripture scholars guide you to a deeper appreciation of the Gospel According to Matthew.

More than any other Gospel, Matthew reflects Christianity’s Jewish roots. As the first book of the New Testament, it provides a fitting transition from the Old Testament. Revered as the “Church’s Gospel,” Matthew draws on Jewish Law while anticipating a Church “of all nations.”

To appreciate Matthew, then, you must first understand its historical and theological contexts. Now, Fr. Donald Senior, a leading expert on Matthew, helps you discover anew the evangelist’s profound themes and literary features. Combining world-class scholarship with faithful insights, this course is both erudite and accessible.

You’ll begin by considering Matthew’s similarities with and differences from Mark, Luke, and John. Next, you will explore its historical background and fulfillment of the Hebrew Scriptures. You will then cover the full span of the Gospel of Matthew, from the infancy narrative to the Great Commission. Just as the triumphant Risen Christ commissioned His disciples, so too will He call you to follow Him “to the end of the age.”

Taking a closer look at passages like the Sermon on the Mount, you will unpack Matthew’s most unique features and compelling messages. With this newfound appreciation, you will find inspiration and guidance for the Christian life.

** This is a second edition of The Gospel of Matthew with completely re-recorded and updated lectures. If you’ve purchased the first edition, we recommend this new and improved version.

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  • Lecture 1: What is a Gospel?
  • Lecture 2: The Background of Matthew’s Gospel
  • Lecture 3: The Infancy Narrative
  • Lecture 4: The Beginning of Jesus’ Mission
  • Lecture 5: The Sermon on the Mount, Part I
  • Lecture 6: The Sermon on the Mount, Part II
  • Lecture 7: Discipleship and Mission in Matthew
  • Lecture 8: Opposition to Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel
  • Lecture 9: Confession of Jesus as Messiah: The Gospel’s Christology
  • Lecture 10: Matthew’s Vision of the Church: The Community Discourse of Chapter 18
  • Lecture 11: Last Days in Jerusalem
  • Lecture 12: Death and Resurrection
About Your Presenter

Fr. Donald Senior is one of Catholicism’s leading New Testament scholars. He is President Emeritus of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, where he is also a professor of the New Testament. A Roman Catholic priest of the Passionist order, Fr. Senior has served on the Pontifical Biblical Commission since Pope John Paul II named him to it in 2001. He has taught and led study tours in the Holy Land for over 25 years.

In addition to having written books and articles too numerous to list, Fr. Senior is the general editor of The Bible Today and The Catholic Study Bible, as well as coeditor of the 22-volume commentary series New Testament Message. He earned his doctorate in New Testament Studies from the University of Louvain, Belgium, and completed further graduate studies at Hebrew Union College and Harvard University. He is past president of the Catholic Biblical Association and of the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada. In 1994, the Catholic Library Association of America gave him its Jerome Award for outstanding scholarship. In 1996, the National Catholic Education Association awarded him the Bishop Loras Lane Award for his outstanding contribution to theological education.

 

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Excellent overview of the Gospel of Matthew
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Fr. Senior did a masterful job helping me understand the Gospel of Matthew. His historical knowledge is impressive, and he had some humorous comments along the way. I highly recommend this course! Review by Tommy (Posted on 12/17/2016)
Fr. Senior's knowledge of the subject is impressive!
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Fr. Senior's knowledge of the subject is impressive and the information gained is extremely helpful in understanding this complex Gospel. Review by Ken (Posted on 9/4/2015)
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What an emotional and compelling presentation of the dramatic story of our Lord. Fr. Senior is a genius exegete and his tone conveys the great pathos of the Gospel story. This and his John lectures have greatly enhanced my understanding of those Gospels. Review by Robert (Posted on 8/13/2013)
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