Who was Matthew?
Why did many Jews not recognize Jesus as the Messiah?
What does the Gospel of Matthew say to us today?
How does lectio divina move us to pray with Scripture?
The evangelist Matthew writes to a Jewish-Christian audience and teaches us that Christ fulfills the promises of the Old Testament. The inheritance of the Messiah belonged to the Israelite people; however, many Jews didn't recognize Jesus, which is why Gentiles made up a large portion of the early Christian converts.
Matthew's Gospel quotes the Old Testament as it speaks of the reign of God, the promise of eternal life, and Jesus' teaching of the twofold commandment to love God and neighbor. In The Gospel of Matthew, Father Bill Anderson's conversational instruction style brings Scripture to life, moving us to use God's Word in prayer through the spiritual discipline of lectio divina.
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About the Author
William A. Anderson, DMin, PhD, is a presbyter of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston in West Virginia. This director of retreats and parish missions, professor, catechist, spiritual director, and former pastor has written extensively on pastoral, spiritual, and religious subjects. Father Anderson earned his doctor of ministry degree from St. Mary's Seminary; University in Baltimore, and his doctorate in sacred theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.
William A. Anderson, DMin, PhD, es presbítero de la Diócesis de Wheeling-Charleston en Virginia Occidental. Este director de retiros y misiones parroquiales, profesor, catequista, director espiritual y ex pastor ha escrito extensamente sobre temas pastorales, espirituales y religiosos. El padre Anderson obtuvo su título de doctor en ministerio del Seminario de Santa María; Universidad de Baltimore, y su doctorado en teología sagrada de la Universidad Duquesne en Pittsburgh.
Table of Contents
Introduction to Liguori Catholic Bible Study 5
Lectio Divina (Sacred Reading) 7
How to Use This Bible-Study Companion 10
A Process for Sacred Reading 11
Group-Study Formats 12
Introduction: The Gospel of Matthew 15
Lesson 1 Infancy Narratives 20
Group Study (Matthew 1-2) 21
Lesson 2 Proclamation of the Reign of Heaven 30
Part 1 Group Study (Matthew 3-4) 31
Part 2 Individual Study (Matthew 5) 38
Lesson 3 Signs of the Reign of Heaven 45
Part 1 Group Study (Matthew 6-7) 46
Part 2 Individual Study (Matthew 8) 53
Lesson 4 Jesus' Ministry and Mission in Galilee 59
Part 1 Group Study (Matthew 9) 60
Part 2 Individual Study (Matthew 10-11:1) 66
Lesson 5 Opposition From Israel 71
Part 1 Group Study (Matthew 11:2-12:50) 72
Part 2 Individual Study (Matthew 13:1-53) 82
Lesson 6 The Mystery Fully Revealed 87
Part 1 Group Study (Matthew 13:54-15:31) 88
Part 2 Individual Study (Matthew 15:32-16) 96
Lesson 7 Jesus Moves From Galilee to Judea 102
Part 1 Group Study (Matthew 17-18) 103
Part 2 Individual Study (Matthew 19-20) 111
Lesson 8 Ministry in Jerusalem 118
Part 1 Group Study (Matthew 21-22:14) 119
Part 2 Individual Study (Matthew 22:15-23:39) 126
Lesson 9 Tribulation and Judgment 134
Part 1 Group Study (Matthew 24:1-44) 135
Part 2 Individual Study (Matthew 24:45-25) 141
Lesson 10 The Passion and Resurrection 145
Part 1 Group Study (Matthew 26) 146
Part 2 Individual Study (Matthew 27-28) 153