Reading the Old Testament in the New: The Gospel of Matthew

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After looking at how first-century Jews interpreted the Law and the Prophets and studying patterns of interpretation found in Jesus and the New Testament writers, we’ll focus our attention on Matthew. Matthew makes more than 100 Old Testament references, ranging from direct quotes to subtle allusions. Through a close reading of many of these texts we’ll explore how the Old Testament forms an “implicit narrative” that is essential to understanding Matthew’s meaning and message.

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Course Objectives

  1. To understand how the Old Testament is interpreted by Jesus and the New Testament writers.
  2. To learn the narrative structure and “implicit narrative” of Matthew’s Gospel and to understand how that implicit narrative is essential for understanding Matthew.
  3. To understand the Old Testament context for many of the specific sayings and events recorded in Matthew’s Gospel.

Course Materials
The primary text will be the Bible. And each lesson will provide links to biblical passages cited. In addition, the instructors recommend the following, which covers much of the material to be studied in this course:

The Gospel of Matthew

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Lesson Five: Riddles of Rejection, Rock of Foundation

Lesson Four: Healing and Restoration

Lesson Three: ‘Not to Abolish, But to Fulfill’

Lesson Two: Son of David, Son of Abraham

Lesson One: Learning to Listen for Echoes: A New Approach to the New Testament