This is one of the most moving and insightful courses we’ve ever produced.
How did the Gospel of Matthew become the "Church's Gospel"?
With eminent bible scholar Fr. Donald Senior as your guide, explore the
circumstances surrounding the creation of the Gospel of Matthew and its
enduring power to change lives.
What You Will Learn
This unique course is perfect for anyone interested in Gospel of Matthew study.
Fr. Don Senior, President of Catholic Theological Union and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission, shows the many uncanny parallels between the situation of the Church in Matthew's time and the circumstances that confront Christian faith and witness today. Cataclysmic ruptures in the fabric of civilization, the suffering of the marginalized whom Jesus so loved (and loves), mass population movements, diverse human cultures searching to find their places in the wholeness of the Body of Christ were as familiar to Matthew's time as they are to ours.
In Fr. Senior's thoughtful treatment, these parallels appear not as historical curiosities or denials of the transcendence of Jesus' mission and message, but rather become reminders for us of just how timeless and timely this eloquent preaching of the Good News (evangelion) about Jesus in "story form" really is.
By joining Fr. Senior for these 12 talks, you'll see why the Gospel of Matthew speaks with special resonance to us today and why it deserves its byname of "The Church's Gospel."
Your Free Electronic Study Guide! When you order this course, we will send you a free electronic study guide that you can access in 3 convenient ways:
1) You can check your order confirmation email. It will include a link that enables you to download your guide.
2) The back of your program package also contains a copy of this link. You can access your guide by simply entering this URL into your browser.
3) Your case of CDs or DVDs will contain a copy of your electronic guide on CD. Simply insert this disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive to access your guide.
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.
“If you're looking to understand Jesus you could do no better than Donald Senior. One of the leading scholars on Jesus, and on the Gospels, Father Senior is a superb companion, teacher and spiritual guide, who will help you, in an accessible and inviting way, come to know both the Jesus of history and the Christ of faith.”
– James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage
- Introduction: The Nature of a Gospel
- Background and Context
- The Infancy Narrative
- Entry into Galilee
- The Sermon on the Mount: Part I
- Sermon on the Mount: Part II
- Discipleship and Mission in Matthew
- Opposition to Jesus in Matthew's Gospel
- Confession of Jesus as Messiah: the Gospel's Christology
- Matthew's Vision of the Church
- Last Days in Jerusalem
- Death and Resurrection