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Course Objectives

This course is a study of historical context, writing methodologies, specific themes and exegetical issues of the Gospel of Matthew. Class sessions will include lectures and class discussions

General Goals

1.     By the end of this course students will be able to understand: 

a.     The historical context of the gospel 

b.     The difficult issues in the gospel and the different approaches to resolves these issues (synoptic issues will be addressed when time is allowed)

c.     Specific themes and the related exegetical issues

d.     What does the gospel signify and how may we apply it to contemporary situations?

2.     This course will help students turn the messages in the Gospel of Matthew into sermons through lectures, class discussions and assignments 

3.     To help students mature in their character, outlook, conduct, relationships, and involvement in society by the teacher’s model, class dialogue, and prayer