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The Gospel of Matthew: At the Crossroads of Early Christianity

Spring 2014 Lecture Series; taught by Fr. Donald Senior, CP

This course has now finished.

The Gospel of Matthew was considered the “catechism” of the early Church.  Written at a time of profound transition from a Church that was firmly rooted in Judaism to one that was also reaching out to the wider Gentile world, Matthew portrays Jesus as both teacher and healer, as the Messiah and the Son of God.  Matthew uses the Gospel of Mark with its strong emphasis on Jesus’ passion as a primary source but also had access to Jesus’ powerful teaching material.  Through the discourses of Matthew’s Gospel, particularly the Sermon the Mount, the great ethical tradition of Judaism, as now interpreted by Jesus, became part of the heritage of Christianity.  Matthew also gives attention to the life of the community, insisting on care for the “least” and limitless forgiveness.

This course explores the entire span of Matthew’s Gospel and consider its relevance for our Church today as it, too, faces a time of profound transition.

Feb 11 - May 13 K2011-1 Entire Series of 12 Lectures
Feb. 11 K2011-2 Introducing Matthew: The Context and Construction of the Gospel
Feb. 18K2011-3 The Origin of the Messiah
Feb. 25K2011-4 The Mission Begins: At the Jordan, in the Desert, in Galilee 
March 4K2011-5 The Sermon on the Mount
March 11K2011-6 Jesus the Healer
March 18K2011-7 Discipleship and Mission
April 1K2011-8 Opposition and Conflict
April 8K2011-9 Encounters on the Journey to Jerusalem
April 15K2011-10 The Community Discourse
April 22K2011-11 Jesus and the Temple
May 6K2011-12 The Passion and Death of Jesus