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Mobile Ed: NT314 Book Study: The Gospel of Matthew in Its Jewish Context (10 hour course)

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This course from distinguished New Testament professor Dr. Craig Evans discusses the original context in which Matthew wrote his Gospel, as well as his purpose for writing. Matthew wrote for those still connected to the synagogue, answering questions based upon their Jewish context. Dr. Evans takes you from the ancient context of Matthew’s Gospel to applications for today.

For more dynamic teaching on the gospels by a team of expert scholars, see the Mobile Ed: Studies in the Gospels Bundle (9 courses).

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion you should be able to:

  • Identify Jewish elements in the gospel of Matthew
  • Teach the book of Matthew according to themes found within the text
  • Relate the questions of the first ethnically Jewish believers to questions asked by modern believers in any setting

Course Outline


  • Introducing the Speaker

Unit 1: Introductory Matters

  • Introducing Matthew
  • Authorship and Dating
  • Dating: Manuscript Evidence
  • Examining Fragments of Matthew
  • Matthew’s Emphases
  • Incipit (Matt 1:1–17)
  • Outline of Matthew
  • Using Logos Notes to Highlight the Structure of Matthew
  • Five Discourses: Contents
  • Comparing Gospel Accounts with the Parallel Gospel Reader

Unit 2: Messiah’s Coming (Matt 1–2)

  • Themes: Jesus-Moses Typology
  • Themes: Fulfillment through Genealogy
  • Fulfillment Formulas in the Infancy Narrative
  • Fulfillment Formula 1
  • Fulfillment Formula 2
  • Fulfillment Formula 3
  • Fulfillment Formulas 4 and 5

Unit 3: Messiah’s Preparation and Program of Ministry (Matt 3–7)

  • John Baptizes Jesus (Matt 3)
  • The Devil Tempts Jesus (Matt 4:1–11)
  • Examining the Speeches of Satan
  • Jesus Begins His Ministry (Matt 4:12–24)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Beatitudes (Matt 5:1–11)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Law (Matt 5:17–20)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Antithesis 1 (Matt 5:21–26)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Antithesis 2 (Matt 5:27–32)
  • Researching Divorce in Ancient Literature with Cultural Concepts
  • Sermon on the Mount: Antitheses 3 and 4 (Matt 5:33–42)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Antithesis 5 (Matt 5:43–48)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Almsgiving (Matt 6:1–4)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Prayer (Matt 6:5–15)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Fasting (Matt 6:16–18)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Treasures and the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt 6:19–34)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Hypocritical Judgment (Matt 7:1–5)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Pearls before Pigs and Asking, Seeking, and Knocking (Matt 7:6–11)
  • Sermon on the Mount: Golden Rule and the Narrow Gate (Matt 7:12–14)
  • Searching the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
  • Sermon on the Mount: False Prophets and Their Fruit (Matt 7:15–23)
  • Finding References to Fruitbearing Trees in the Words of Jesus
  • Sermon on the Mount: Wise and Foolish Builders (Matt 7:24–27)
  • Sermon on the Mount and Fulfilling Righteousness (Matt 3:15)
  • Searching the Dead Sea Scrolls for “Righteousness”

Unit 4: Messiah’s Authority Established (Matt 8–10)

  • Cleansing the Leper (Matt 8:1–4)
  • Healing the Servant (Matt 8:5–13)
  • Letting the Dead Bury the Dead (Matt 8:18–22)
  • Stilling the Storm (Matt 8:23–27)
  • Healing the Demoniacs (Matt 8:28–34)
  • Son of Man Claiming Authority on Earth (Matt 9:1–8)
  • Physicians, Fasting, and Fresh Wineskins (Matt 9:9–17)
  • Calling and Sending the Disciples: Introduction (Matt 10)
  • Finding What Jesus Says about the Gentiles
  • Calling and Sending the Disciples: Freely Give and Jesus as “Cynic”? (Matt 10:5–15)
  • Calling and Sending the Disciples: Fear Not (Matt 10:16–23)
  • Calling and Sending the Disciples: Fear Not (Matt 10:24–42)

Unit 5: Messiah’s Kingdom and Its Coming (Matt 11–13)

  • John’s Question about Jesus (Matt 11:1–6)
  • Qumran and the Messiah (4Q521)
  • Rejecting John and Jesus (Matt 11:7–24)
  • My Yoke Is Easy (Matt 11:25–30)
  • Lord of the Sabbath and God’s Chosen Servant (Matt 12:1–21)
  • Son of David and the Sign of Jonah (Matt 12:22–42)
  • Tagging Beelzebul as a Reference to Satan
  • Kingdom Parables: Survey (Matt 13)
  • Kingdom Parables: Wheat and Weeds (Matt 13:24–30, 36–43)
  • Finding All the Parables in the Bible
  • Kingdom Parables: Have You Understood? (Matt 13:51–58)

Unit 6: Life in the New Community (Matt 14–18)

  • Walking on Water (Matt 14:22–33)
  • Tradition of Man versus Law of God (Matt 15:1–20)
  • Faith of the Canaanite Woman (Matt 15:21–28)
  • Peter’s Confession (Matt 16:13–20)
  • Jesus’ First Prediction of His Death (Matt 16:21–28)
  • Jesus’ Transfiguration (Matt 17:1–13)
  • Paying the Temple Tax (Matt 17:24–27)
  • Community Regulations (Matt 18)

Unit 7: Consummation of the Age (Matt 19–25)

  • Rich Young Man (Matt 19:16–26)
  • Judging the Twelve Tribes of Israel (Matt 19:27–30)
  • Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard (Matt 20:1–16)
  • Jesus’ Second Prediction of His Death (Matt 20:17–28)
  • Son of David Healing the Blind Men (Matt 20:29–34)
  • Consummation of the Age: Overview (Matt 21–25)
  • Triumphal Entry (Matt 21:1–11)
  • My House (Matt 21:12–17)
  • Cursing the Fig Tree (Matt 21:18–27)
  • Parable of the Two Sons (Matt 21:28–32)
  • Parable of the Wicked Tenants (Matt 21:33–46)
  • Finding Different Interpretations of Isaiah 5 in Ancient Literature
  • Criticism of Religious Leaders (Matt 23)
  • Eschatological Discourse: Mount of Olives Declaration (Matt 24:1–26:5)
  • Eschatological Discourse: Parables (Matt 24:45–25:13)
  • Eschatological Discourse: Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matt 25:31–46)

Unit 8: Messiah’s Humiliation and Exaltation (Matt 26–28)

  • Plotting and Anointing for Jesus’ Death (Matt 26:1–16)
  • Last Supper: Words of Institution (Matt 26:26–29)
  • Testimony of Jesus (Matt 26:47–68)
  • Jesus’ Trial before Pilate (Matt 27:11–26)
  • Jesus’ Crucifixion and Burial (Matt 27:27–66)
  • Resurrected Saints (Matt 27:52–53)
  • Guard at the Tomb (Matt 27:62–66)
  • Resurrection: Women at the Tomb (Matt 28:1–10)
  • Great Commission (Matt 28:18–20)


  • Closing Remarks

Product Details

  • Title: NT314 Book Study: The Gospel of Matthew in Its Jewish Context
  • Instructor: Craig A. Evans
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Product Type: Logos Mobile Education
  • Resource Type: Courseware, including transcripts, audio, and video resources
  • Courses: 1
  • Video Hours: 10
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About the Instructor

Craig A. Evans is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament and director of the graduate program at Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He has written extensively on the historical Jesus and the Jewish background of the New Testament era.


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  2. Angela Meister

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    A lot of depth here. Excellent.


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