Dr. Jeannine K. Brown examines a number of themes in Matthew and describes their thorough grounding in the Hebrew Scriptures. Highlighting references to the Psalms, Daniel, and more, Brown explores Matthew’s Old Testament–based Christology, including the imagery of Jesus as the representative of Israel, as Davidic king, as the embodiment of wisdom, and as the servant of Yahweh in the Servant Songs of Isaiah. Along the way, Brown provides a guide to the methodology of intertextual study and interpretation.
For additional teaching on the New Testament, see the Mobile Ed: NT305 New Testament Theology.
Upon successful completion you should be able to:
- Describe the strong sense of continuity between the Old Testament and the New Testament
- Demonstrate a richer understanding of Matthew’s Gospel
- Explain how the Old Testament functions in Matthew to reinforce the writer’s vision of Jesus as bringer of the kingdom of God into the world
- Introducing the Speaker and the Course
- Fulfillment from the Start
- Fulfillment at the End
- Interpretation through Mercy
- Interpretation through Justice
- Jesus Fulfills the Law
- Exile and Restoration
- The Virgin Birth
- Bethlehem’s King
- Out of Egypt
- Weeping in Ramah
- Called a Nazarene
- Matthew 3 and Kingdom
- Matthew 4 and Kingdom
- Illusions and Type Scenes
- Matthew 11 and Kingdom
- Methodology Discussion
- Jesus as True Israel
- The First Temptation
- The Second and Final Temptations
- Son of David
- Davidic King
- Davidic Messiah
- Jesus as Torah and Wisdom
- Jesus as Wisdom in Conflict
- Isaiah’s Servant Songs
- Servant Songs in Matthew
- The Servant’s Justice and Mercy
- The Servant’s Purpose and Passion
- Servant Summary
- Jesus’ Passion—Righteous Sufferer
- Jesus’ Passion—Vindicated Sufferer
- Jesus’ Passion—Son of Man
- Jesus as Unexpected Messiah
- Jesus as Fulfiller of Law and Embodiment of Wisdom
- Jesus as Representative Israel
- Jesus as Embodiment of Yahweh
- Concluding Remarks
Unit 1: Matthew’s Fulfillment Theme
Unit 2: The New Exodus
Unit 3: Christology
Unit 4: Narrative Christology
About the Instructor
Dr. Jeannine K. Brown has taught at Bethel Seminary for nearly two decades in the areas of New Testament, hermeneutics, and integration. Her books include Scripture as Communication, Becoming Whole and Holy: An Integrative Conversation about Christian Formation, and the forthcoming volume on Matthew in the Teach the Text commentary series. She has written various articles that have been published in Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Psychology and Theology, and Journal of Psychology and Christianity. She is also associate editor of the second edition of the Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels.
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