The Gospel: Matthew Style

By Montserrat C., Morelia F, Lauren S., Gabby S., & Lacey Y.

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Summary of the Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew is a highly Jewish Gospel. In this Gospel the author depicts Jesus as the new Moses and long-awaited Messiah. The Gospel begins with Jesus' genealogy. The genealogy traces him back to some very notable Old Testament figures such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Solomon, Judah, Ruth, and Joseph. The infancy narrative places importance on Joseph. Once Jesus is born the author begins to show connections between Jesus and Moses. A few of the connections are they are both forced to flee their homes because of a ruler, they both emerge from Egypt, they both deliver an important message on a mountain. The connections between Jesus & Moses and the multitude of quotes from the Old Testament show that Jesus is the Messiah. Jesus is addressed as teacher many times through the Gospel. Jesus is viewed as a teacher because he instructs his community, just like Moses. The Gospel of Matthew is referred to as catechism. The church frequently uses it in its teaching ministry.
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Model Disciple

Model disciple: those fully committed to proclaiming the kingdom of God and following Jesus. A true disciple knows that mercy and compassion motivate Jesus. The pharisees, never understood this, which is why they are not model disciples in the Gospel of Matthew, or any Gospel for that matter.


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