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The Gospel of Matthew

The Calling of Matthew Workshop of Jan Sanders van Hemessen

Matthew has some of the most familiar stories of Jesus’ life, making it a great study for beginners. It is also beautifully nuanced which should appeal to those who have spent some time reading and thinking about the scriptures of the New Testament.

Tradition tells us that Matthew was authored by one of Jesus’ disciples, the former tax collector. As we work through our study, we will see that this author was educated. He is quite knowledgeable about Jewish scripture and demonstrates repeatedly the ways that Jesus is the fulfillment of the promise of a messiah.

Matthew probably enhanced the story of Jesus’ life as told in Mark. He adds a poetic structure, dividing the stories into blocks of discussion around Jesus’ major teachings. He also adds stories not covered in earlier gospel writings, giving us a more complete picture. Finally, his character development brings more life and personality to the disciples.

Presenters

Dr. Harold W. Attridge

Dr. Harold W. Attridge is the Sterling Professor of Divinity at Yale Divinity School. Professor Attridge, dean of Yale Divinity School from 2002 to 2012, has made scholarly contributions to New Testament exegesis and to the study of Hellenistic Judaism and the history of the early Church. His publications include Essays on John and Hebrews, Hebrews: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, First-Century Cynicism in the Epistles of Heraclitus, The Interpretation of Biblical History in the Antiquitates Judaicae of Flavius Josephus, Nag Hammadi Codex I: The Jung Codex, and The Acts of Thomas, as well as numerous book chapters and articles in scholarly journals.

He has edited twelve books, most recently, with Dale Martin and Jurgen Zangenberg, Religion, Ethnicity and Identity in Ancient Galilee; and The Religion and Science Debate: Why Does It Continue? Professor Attridge is the general editor of the HarperCollins Study Bible Revised Edition (2006).

He has been an editorial board member of Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Harvard Theological Review, Journal of Biblical Literature, Novum Testamentum, and the Hermeneia commentary series. He has been active in the Society of Biblical Literature and served as president of the society in 2001. Professor Attridge is a fellow of Saybrook College.

Michal Beth Dinkler

Michal Beth Dinkler is Assistant Professor of New Testament at Yale Divinity School. She holds a doctorate in New Testament from Harvard, a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Master and Bachelor degrees in English from Stanford. She is especially interested in the usefulness of literary theory for interpreting the New Testament. Her first book, Silent Statements: Narrative Representations of Speech and Silence in the Gospel of Luke, explores the uses of speech and silence in Luke’s Gospel, and she currently is writing a book on literary theory and New Testament scholarship for Yale University Press. She also is a candidate for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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