This Gospel forms a natural bridge from the Old Testament, as Matthew's focus is the presentation of Jesus Christ as the Messiah, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. Each of the Gospel writers presents a unique perspective and their selection of events, genealogies, and other aspects support their respective themes.
This review of Matthew's Gospel will attempt to maintain an overview of their composite design while focusing on Matthew's distinctiveness. Matthew profusely includes specific allusions from the Old Testament as the fulfillment of the Messianic prophesies, and, as a trained stenographer (required of customs agents), he apparently records a number of the key discourses of Christ verbatim.
Unit 1 explores the legal genealogical claim of Christ to the throne of David, His Manifesto of the Kingdom ("the Sermon on the Mount") and His selection and initial training of the disciples in Galilee, until He ostensibly closes His public ministry in Chapter 12.
Matthew was a Jew, a Levite; he presents Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel-the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. This first book of the New Testament plunges right in to establish Jesus as the Meshiach Nagid, the Messiah the King.
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