The Jewish Gospel of Matthew

Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser, Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies

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Most New Testament readers recognize that the Gospel of Matthew presents Yeshua in a very Jewish light. A knowledge of Matthew's context within first-century Judaism can offer an even richer understanding of the first Gospel. Get ready to go deep into the history and theology of Matthew, as Dr. Schaser walks you through Matthew's Genealogy, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus' ministry in Galilee and in Jerusalem, and the Messiah's Passion and Resurrection.  Each lecture will show you how skillfully the author presents Jesus as the awaited Messiah of Israel, as well as provide insights into the language and biblical themes that would have been familiar to Matthew's first readers. You will be amazed as you reexamine the Messiah's miracles and teachings in light of the rich cultural background of early Judaism.

About Author

Dr. Nicholas J. Schaser

Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies

In addition to his work with Israel Bible Center as Professor of Hebrew Bible, Dr. Schaser is an Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at Macalester College and the Adjunct Instructor of the New Testament at Bethel Seminary (both in St. Paul, Minnesota). Professor Schaser’s research interests include rabbinic literature and the Jewishness of the New Testament, with particular focus on Midrash and the Gospel of Matthew. Teaching widely in both synagogues and churches, Dr. Schaser strives to promote mutual learning and respect between Jews and Christians.

Dr. Schaser enjoys communicating with participants and asks that those with questions or comments please email him at:

*Please do not contact Macalester College or Vanderbilt University for correspondence with Dr. Schaser.

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  • 02. Intro to Matthew's Gospel (Part 2) 14:35
  • 03. Intro to Matthew's Gospel (Part 3) 10:38
  • 04. Sermon on the Mount (Part 1) 10:16
  • 05. Sermon on the Mount (Part 2) 07:12
  • 06. Sermon on the Mount (Part 3) 10:50
  • 07. Sermon on the Mount (Part 4) 09:49
  • 08. Miracles and Messages (Part 1) 14:17
  • 09. Miracles and Messages (Part 2) 16:38
  • 10. Miracles and Messages (Part 3) 06:22
  • 11. Jesus' Teachings: Sabbath 10:06
  • 12. Jesus' Teachings: Unforgivable Sin 08:24
  • 13. Jesus' Teachings: Parables 15:00
  • 14. Jesus' Teachings: Church in Matthew 09:38
  • 15. Jesus' Teachings: Transfiguration 12:18
  • 16. Jesus' Teachings: Divorce 06:18
  • 17. Jesus' Teachings: Suffering For Others 17:26
  • 18. Jesus in Jerusalem: Cleansing of the Temple 17:14
  • 19. Jesus in Jerusalem: Taxes and Resurrection 08:51
  • 20. Jesus in Jerusalem: Woes and Judgment 20:09
  • 21. Passion and Resurrection: Bethany and Gethsemane 14:56
  • 22. Passion and Resurrection: Betrayal and Arrest 09:40
  • 23. Passion and Resurrection: The Blood Cry 14:46
  • 24. Passion and Resurrection: Crucifixion and Ps 22 10:09

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    The presentation is well presented.
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    I get a lot out of this course and the perspective of the professor makes sense.
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    thank you
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  • Karen J Fowler

    Posted 1 month ago
    outstanding material

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