Youth Bible Study Of St. Matthew Introduction
- Youth Bible Study Of St. Matthew � Introduction
The four gospels of the New Testament record the birth, teachings, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the son of God. The first three books are called the synoptic gospels and are fairly similar to each other in their accounts . John�s gospel , however, is different. The first three gospels record the various teachings and miracles but John gives a clearer significance and depth of meaning of the actions and preaching of Christ.
All the gospels were written between 40 and 70 A.D. We can deduce this because none of them mention the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 72 A.D, just that Christ foretold this event.
Mark was a companion of Peter in his missions and recorded his teachings of Christ. Luke, a physician, was a gentile. He seems to have researched the events as told by the disciples very carefully and then recorded it with a tilt towards gentiles. His is a very cohesive book.
Matthew, a Jew, wrote primarily for the Jewish people. Being a Jew he had thorough knowledge of the old testament and hence the prophesies about the Messiah. He tries to connect the prophecies to Jesus� life and actions. His gospel forms the vital link between the old and the new testament.
Mathews gospel follows an outline that is very cohesive. The first two chapters deals with Christ�s genealogy, birth and infancy. The second phase the preparation for his ministry Chapters 5-25. The third phase is the crucifixion , Chapters 26 &27, and the fourth the resurrection Chapter 28.
Dr. Susan Jacob