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The Gospel of St. Matthew

This online independent study course will study the Gospel of St. Matthew using both ancient and modern insights regarding its structure and theology. Those who complete this course should be able to compare this Gospel with the other synoptic Gospels; explain how the structure reveals that Jesus is the new David and the New Moses; describe Jesus’ attitude toward Pharisaic legalism; appreciate Jesus’ use of parables, particularly the parable of the sower; define the way Jesus established the Church, giving special responsibilities to Peter; and address the realities of the Kingdom of God and the presence of both saints and sinners in the Church.