Traditional books on preaching a book of the Bible often look at broad themes of the text while Lectionary resources often offer exegetical and homiletical insights about preaching individual passages. In this book Wes Allen draws together the strengths of these two approaches into a new genre of homiletical and teaching resource with a focus on the Gospel according to Matthew. Matthew will not only be an essential classroom resource to help students learn to link text and sermon, it will also help congregational leaders develop exegetically informed cumulative preaching and educational experiences focused on but not limited to the lections in Matthew.
With liturgical sensitivity and exegetical skill, Allen provides a unique preaching resource that will build biblical literacy by assisting both preachers and listeners in understanding Matthew's Gospel as a whole, not just as a collection of vaguely related stories.
About the Author
Table of Contents
Series Foreword ix
Readings from Matthew in the Revised Common Lectionary in Order of the Liturgical Calendar, Year A xix
Readings from Matthew in the Revised Common Lectionary in Order of Matthew's Narrative xxiii
All Passages in Matthew, including Those Not Used in the Revised Common Lectionary xxvii
1 Beginnings: From Bethlehem to Nazareth (1:1-4:11) 25
2 Capernaum-Based Ministry (4:12-18:35) 43
3 Traveling to Jerusalem (19:1-20:34) 189
4 Passion, Death, and Resurrection in and around Jerusalem (21:1-28:15) 203
5 Beginning Again in Galilee (28:16-20) 277
Appendix: Suggestions for Further Reading 283