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Introduction

From the very beginning, Matthew celebrates Jesus as the Messiah who fulfills the Jewish Scriptures. Some scholars have called Matthew “the most Jewish” of the Gospels. The teachings of Jesus are presented in five speeches. This way of organizing Jesus' teachings would have made Jewish readers think of Moses, because their tradition taught that Moses wrote the five books of the Law (Torah). This similarity suggests that the author of Matthew is presenting Jesus as “the new Moses.” The book also constantly refers to the Jewish Scriptures, uses a Jewish literary style, and employs number symbolism common in some Jewish circles at that time. Scholars also call Matthew “the Gospel of the church” because of the book's focus on Jesus as the risen Lord, on the kingdom of heaven, and on the church itself. In fact, Matthew is the only Gospel to use the Greek word for “church.” Matthew often shows Jesus standing “outside of time,” presenting both Jesus' ministry in the context of history and his glory as the eternal, resurrected Lord.

Outline

God Sends Jesus, the Messiah (1.1—4.11)

Jesus Teaches the Good News in Galilee and Judea (4.12—25.46)

Jesus Dies and Is Raised to Life To Fulfill God's Plan (26.1—28.20)

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