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Matthew, Disciple and Scribe

The First Gospel and Its Portrait of Jesus

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Patrick Schreiner provides a fresh look at the Gospel of Matthew, highlighting the unique contribution Matthew's rich and multilayered portrait of Jesus makes to understanding the connection between the Old and New Testaments.

Drawing from Matthew 13:52, Schreiner understands the author of the Gospel as a "discipled scribe" who brings out treasures new and old from his teacher. Jesus, as a teacher of wisdom, formed an alternative scribal school. One of the main ways Jesus instructed his students in the paths of wisdom was to reveal the relationship between the new and the old with himself at the center.

Schreiner argues that Matthew obeyed the Great Commission by acting as scribe to Jesus in order to share Jesus's life and work with the world, thereby making disciples of future generations. The First Gospel presents Jesus's life as the fulfillment of the Old Testament story of Israel and shows how Jesus brings new life in the New Testament. This book will appeal to professors, students, and scholars of the New Testament as well as pastors.


Part 1: The Scribe Described
1. Matthew, the Discipled Scribe
2. The Scribe's Convictions and Methods
Part 2: The Scribe at Work
3. Jesus and the Journey of the Davidic King
4. Jesus as the Ideal and Wise King
5. Jesus and the Mosaic Exodus
6. Jesus and Abraham's New Family
7. Jesus and Israel's Destiny


"With Schreiner's Matthew, Disciple and Scribe I have found a new favorite book on the Gospel of Matthew and a new required course text for my classes on the Synoptic Gospels. Both old and new insights abound in Schreiner's fresh reading of Matthew, setting forth a powerful portrait of Jesus as the wise, righteous, merciful king; the new Moses, who leads his people to saving freedom through his death; and the one who brings Abraham's blessing to all the nations."

Joshua W. Jipp, associate professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"By combining thoughtful research on what it means for Matthew to be a disciple of Teacher Jesus with the intertextual theology of Matthew's text, Patrick Schreiner has provided a rich exploration of Matthew's message."

Jonathan T. Pennington, associate professor of New Testament and director of doctoral studies, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Readers of the Bible often recognize the role the Gospels play as the bridge between old and new in Scripture. Schreiner gives the First Gospel special attention as he convincingly argues that Matthew is a disciple and scribe elucidating the relationship between old and new as he himself learned it from his teacher, Jesus. From this perspective, Schreiner sheds fresh light on what makes Matthew tick."

Nijay K. Gupta, Portland Seminary

"Does Scripture portray how to be a disciple of Jesus and a student-scholar? By unfolding Matthew's vision of the discipled scribe, Patrick Schreiner shows how Jesus and Matthew bring forth gems both ancient and fresh. Come, sit at the feet of these master teachers."

Matthew W. Bates, associate professor of theology, Quincy University; author of Salvation by Allegiance Alone

The Author

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    Kaden Classen

    Patrick Schreiner

    Patrick Schreiner (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also an elder at Emmaus Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the author of...

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