The New Testament

A Historical and Theological Introduction

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12. The Gospel according to Matthew

Questions for Research and Discussion

  1. Explain the significance of the Papias tradition with regard to Matthew. How might we use this tradition to enhance our study of Matthew?
  2. What evidence is there that the Gospel of Matthew is, perhaps, the most Jewish of all the Gospels?
  3. Matthew uses kingdom language more than any other Gospel. Why might this be? How does his use of kingdom language fit with what appears to be his purpose?
  4. How do grace and the law fit together in Matthew’s Gospel?
  5. Why are the dates 70 and 90 of central importance with regard to the dating of the Gospel of Matthew?