The Gospel of Saint Matthew

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New Testament Reading Guide - second edition second hand paperback with slight tear on contents page.
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    The Gospel of Matthew is the first book of the New Testament of the Bible and one of the three synoptic Gospels. It tells how Israel's Messiah, Jesus, comes to his people (the Jews) but is rejected by them and how, after his resurrection, he sends the disciples to the gentiles instead. Matthew wishes to emphasize that the Jewish tradition should not be lost in a church that was increasingly becoming gentile. The gospel reflects the struggles and conflicts between the evangelist's community and the other Jews, particularly with its sharp criticism of the scribes and Pharisees with the position that through their rejection of Christ, the Kingdom of God has been taken away from them and given instead to the church.

    This guide has text and commentary by David Stanley, S.J., The Infancy Narratives, Foundations of the Kingdom, Dynamic of the Kingdom, Mystery of the Kingdom, The Kingdom become Church, The Universalism of the Kingdom, The Good News of Jesus' Passion and Resurrection, Passages used as Gospel Reading at Mass and review aid and discussion topics.