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Gospel According to Matthew

General Information

The Gospel According to Matthew is the opening book of the New Testament of the Bible. Although first in canonical order, it is probably not the earliest Gospel. Material unique to this Gospel relates to the birth of Jesus (1 - 2), the arrangement of the Sermon on the Mount (5 - 7), and Jesus' utterances on the end of the world (24 - 25).

Matthew is the most topical of the Synoptic Gospels. The teachings and sayings of Jesus are gathered into five thematic discourses and structured around Mark's narrative framework. Each discourse is followed by a summary statement (7:28; 11:1; 13:53; 19:1; 28:1). A prologue and epilogue are added (1 - 2; 28:9 - 20). There is an emphasis on law, teaching, and righteousness.

Gospel According to Matthew

Brief Outline

  1. Birth and early years of the Messiah (1:1-4:16)
  2. Galilean Ministry of Jesus (4:17-18:35)
  3. Perean Ministry (19-20)
  4. Passion Week and Resurrection (21-28)


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