Matthew – NIV archaeological study Bible: An Illustrated walk through Biblical history and culture. (2005). Grand Rapids, Mich: Zondervan. 9780310938521.
Matthew was the fifth book I finished in the Read through the Bible Challenge. The Gospel of Matthew is the first book comes of the New Testament and thus, the first Gospel (Good News) book I’ve read in this challenge.
Scholars normally give credit to Matthew the Disciple for the writing of this gospel and they consider this book one of the Synoptic Gospels. A Jewish tax collector, Jesus requested that Matthew (then Levi) follow Him as one of His disciples.
This gospel easily divides into four parts: I. The genealogy, birth, and infancy of Jesus, II. The life and ministry of Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, III. The life and ministry of Jesus Christ, and IV. The sacrifice, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the Great Commission.
The gospels of the New Testament form the bedrock of the Christian faith.
Of all the gospels in the Bible, scholars and Christians alike consider Matthew the most Jewish-centric. Bible laureate and Christian hedonist Beth Moore calls Christians, saying “Matthew wrote to show that Jesus is the Jewish Messiah” (Moore, 2002). For example, Matthew begins by listing the genealogy of Jesus through His earthly father-figure Joseph and traces it all the way back to Abraham, the Father of the Nations.Still and all, Matthew does tell of Mary’s immaculate conception of the Messiah and that Jesus extended the gift of salvation to Jews and Gentiles alike.
So many of the verses of Matthew remain with me, however I’ve selected the Great Commission:
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
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