STUDY QUESTIONS: THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW
Please read chapters 1-14 for Thursday and chapters 14-28 for
Tuesday. Pay especially close attention to chapters 5-7 and
chapters 24-28. As you read, note passages that might be helpful
in explaining why Matthew might be thought of as a gospel for those who
think they have no need of the gospel. Please also be ready to
discuss the questions below. You might also include answers to
some of these questions in your journal.
1. Why does Matthew, with so many interesting and important
things to say about Jesus, choose to begin his gospel with a long list
of names rather than with something more attention-grabbing?
2. Matthew constantly cites the Old Testament. Why?
Do you think that the scriptures he cites would have convinced any of
the Pharisees and Sadducees that Jesus was the Messiah?
3. What is Jesus' attitude toward the law? What differences
are there between the standards set by Jesus and those in the law of
4. Why does Matthew (who obviously knew the differences between
the two sects) constantly group the Pharisees and the Sadducees
5. What does Matthew object to in the conduct of the Pharisees
and Sadducees? What does he object to in the doctrines of these
6. What significance does Matthew see in the miracles performed
by Jesus? Why does he choose to emphasize the particular miracles
7. How does Matthew explain the fact that so much of Jesus'
teaching was in parables? What, according to Matthew, was the
purpose of these parables?
8. What does Matthew have in mind when he talks about the
"kingdom of heaven"? What does he think this kingdom is/will be
9. What is Matthew's eschatology? What does he think things
will be like in the "last days"? When does he think these last
days will begin? In view of this, how does he think a wise man
should behave now?
10. In Matthew's view, who is responsible for Jesus' death?
11. Why is Matthew's account of the resurrected Jesus so brief?