So the GCF is currently studying the Gospel According to Matthew at our Tuesday night meetings, and it has been a rich and encouraging time together. Our study is fairly unique. Formally speaking, it is just an inductive Bible study. Nothing fancy. But, on the other hand, our group approaches the text with historical, literary, and theological sensitivities that one doesn’t often find in an inductive Bible study setting. Part of the reason for our taking this approach is that we want the sophistication with which we approach the Bible to, as much as possible, pair with the sophistication with which we approach our various academic disciplines. Simply put, having a grad level understanding of one’s field—being aware of what the critical issues are and being comfortable engaging with them—while having a simplistic understanding of the faith can be a very unstable mix.
Over the next few months I will do a series of posts on the Gospel of Matthew and on what interpreters ancient and modern have said about it. But I thought it might be best to start off by offering up some helpful introductory online resources from some first rate NT scholars for studying the First Gospel. Soooooo…
Here are the online resources from the chapter on Matthew’s Gospel from Mark Allan Powell’s Introducing the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009). Check out the table of contents and see what jumps out at you. These are great little summaries and outlines of critical issues, motifs, and conundrums in Matthean studies.
Here are some podcasts on Matthew from Mark Goodacre’s NT Pod. Goodacre teaches New Testament at Duke University.
And below is a dandy introductory lecture on the Gospel According to Matthew from Yale University’s Dale Martin.