'He Must Reign': The Kingdom of God in Scripture

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We start with a detailed look at the importance of David in the Old Testament, the shape of the Davidic monarchy, and its historic rise and fall. We examine next the messianic hopes of Israel and the traditions of exile and restoration found in the Old Testament and in Jewish literature written between the Old and New Testaments.

We then make a detailed study of how Jesus is portrayed as the Davidic Messiah in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, as well as in Luke’s second volume, the Acts of the Apostles. We round out our study by exploring the Davidic-kingdom imagery in the remaining New Testament texts, and how the biblical understanding of the Church as the kingdom is reflected in the Catholic Church.

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Course Objectives:

  1. To understand in a detailed way the Old Testament background of the New Testament - especially God’s covenant with King David and Israel’s hopes for a Messiah who would restore the fallen kingdom of David.
  2. To understand how the New Testament depicts Jesus as the royal Son of David and the Church He establishes as the restored Kingdom of David.
  3. To begin to understand the biblical origin of some of the structures of the Catholic Church as reflecting the biblical understanding of the Church as the kingdom of God.

Course Materials

The primary text will be the Bible. Each lesson will recommend certain passages for reading and study.  In addition, the instructors recommend the following study guides:


The Gospel of Matthew


The Gospel of Luke


Acts of the Apostles

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Lesson Six: ‘The Key of David’: Church and Kingdom in the New Testament

Lesson Five: The Spread of the Kingdom in Acts

Lesson Four: The Throne of David, His Father

Lesson Three: The Son of David in Matthew’s Gospel

Lesson Two: Looking for the ‘New David’

Lesson One: A Throne Established Forever