a) View Introduction to the Gospels Powerpoint
b) Engage in a true/false activity with questions specific to the Gospel being studied. You will need to engage in research -The Catholic Youth Bible will be helpful here, along with other reliable sources such as Gospel Comparison Chart– to identify if the statement being made is true or false. You will be required to provide evidence to support your claims.
Year A- Matthew’s Gospel:
- Jesus’ genealogy is traced back to Adam e.g. (False– Jesus’ genealogy is traced back to Abraham, the father of Judaism- see Matthew 1-17)
- Matthew’s Gospel is the first book of the New Testament
- Matthew’s Gospel was the first gospel to be written around the Year 90CE ?
- The writer of Matthew’s Gospel was one of Jesus’ 12 Apostles.
- Matthew’s Gospel used Mark, “Q” source and other oral traditions to compose this Gospel for his community.
- Matthew wrote this Gospel for a community of Christians who had faith in Jesus as the Messiah but who had not abandoned Judaism as well as many Gentiles.
- Jesus is presented as the promised Messiah and the author highlights Jesus’ Jewish origins.
- Matthew’s Gospel was written during the time of the Roman Emperor Nero
a) Mathematical Equations for Matthew– This learning experience is taken from St Mary’s Press Resource centre and provides an overview of the Gospel of Matthew by challenging the students to solve and create mathematical equations using various facts from the Gospel. Provide students with the following examples and ask them to use their Bible to find the answers. Invite the students to share their findings.
i) Add the number of gifts from the Wise Men to the number of parables found in Matthew, chapter 13, and then multiply the result by the number of blind men healed in Matthew 20.29–34. [(3 + 7) x 2 = 20]
ii) Solve for the number of healings in Matthew 9.1–34 to the power of 2, multiplied by the number of people Jesus fed in Matthew, chapter 15, and divided by the number of people fed in Matthew, chapter 14. [62 x 4,000 divided by 5,000 = 28.8]
b) Divide the class into groups of four. Challenge the groups each to come up with five equations of their own, ranging from very simple to extremely challenging. Give the groups an index card for each equation, and ask that the equation appear on one side and the answer or explanation on the other.
c) Option- use symbols/images to create a visual representation of each equation.
d) Invite the groups to exchange their completed equation cards and solve the problems.
e) Ask the students to share some of their initial impressions of Matthew’s Gospel.
2.3 Assessment Task Link
a) Matthew’s Gospel can be structured in a number of ways such as
- Jesus’ origins: His birth and baptism (Mt 1–3)
- Jesus’ teaching and ministry (Mt 4–25)
- Jesus’ sacrifice (Mt 26–27)
- Jesus’ resurrection (Mt 28)
Begin to analyse Matthew’s Gospel by:
i) Viewing Matthew 1:1-16 The genealogy of Jesus Christ
ii) Reading Chapters 1-2 of Matthew’s Gospel and answering the following questions:
- What title is given to Jesus in Matthew 1:1; Matthew 1:17;Matthew 1:18; Matthew 2: 4? Why is this title important for Matthew’s community?
- Is there any significance for Matthew’s community in linking Jesus to Abraham and as a descendent of King David in the genealogy, Matthew 1: 1-17?
- In the genealogy Matthew names 5 female ancestors of Jesus, the first 3 were Gentiles and the fourth was married to a Gentile. Why would this have been important for Matthew’s community?
- Read Isaiah 7:13-14 and Matthew 1:22-23. Why is Matthew using an Old Testament text here?
- Read Isaiah 60-1-7 and Matthew 2:1-12.Where did the wise men come from? What comparisons can you make between the 2 texts? Why would this be important for Matthew’s community?
- Read Exodus 1:1-2:10 and Matthew 1:13-23. What comparisons can you make? Why would this story have been important for Matthew’s community in their belief about Jesus?
- In summary- What was Matthew teaching his community?
Notes. Matthew introduces Jesus in a very traditional Jewish way, using a genealogy that shows Jesus as an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham and David, highlighting Jesus’ royal heritage. Matthew uses Old Testament texts to reaffirm the values of the Old Testament and how Jesus brings these values to their fullness. Matthew is teaching his Jewish audience about what was understood only after the Resurrection, that Jesus is a son of Abraham, son of David, son of Joseph and Mary and Son of God.Jesus is the fulfillment of the history of his people.
ii) This process can be continued for Jesus’ Teaching and Ministry, Sacrifice and Resurrection.