Group to Study the Gospel of Matthew

The Wednesday Bible Study group will spend next year studying the Gospel of Matthew. This will correspond with the lectionary cycle of readings on Sunday mornings, which should make for some meaningful work together. Matthew’s gospel was intended for a Jewish audience and provides a particularly interesting perspective. We begin on September 18 and you can come to either the 10am-noon or 7-8:30pm class.

According to the web site, “Matthew, the Evangelist who wrote the Gospel that appears first in the New Testament, was different from the other Apostles. He was not a popular man. Many people felt that he was unworthy to be a chosen as a follower of Jesus. Matthew worked for the Romans as a tax collector.” Because f his association with money, Matthew is the patron saint of bankers and accountants. Besides writing his account of the life and teachings of Jesus, Matthew is believed to have established Christian communities in Ethiopia and elsewhere in Africa and to have died a martyr.

Learn about this controversial figure’s view of the life of Jesus at Bible study class.  The companion text by William Barclay will be paid for out of the Scripture Study Fund. To order books we need to get an accurate count now. By May 15 please contact Tracy Rubin if you plan to participate, and we will set aside a book for you when they come in. Thank you for your prompt response!