Analysis Of The Gospel Of Matthew

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This book review was done on the Gospel according to Matthew, which came from the Holy Bible- the New Testament. The author of this book was the Apostle Matthew. The subject of the book is outlined in the first verse. The gospel of Matthew is "the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham" (Matt 1:1). The format of this book was written in linear format, chronicling the life of Jesus from birth to Resurrection. The Apostle Matthew, was called Levi, he was the son of Alphaeus and the brother of the Apostle James, the son of Alphaeus. By profession, Matthew was a tax collector before being called by Jesus to follow him. The title of this book is given from the Apostle Matthew, as he was one of the 12 disciples who followed Jesus, who he tells his own story about Jesus. The book of Matthew provided a summary of his observations of Jesus. Matthew believed that Jesus was the Messiah; however the book offered strong and weak arguments. The book also neglected information about Jesus life.As the first book in the New Testament, The Gospel of Matthew contained an extensive account of Jesus' teachings in one continuous narrative. The author broke down the book into five chapters; each is composed of a portion of the narrative concerning Jesus' activities and his teachings. There were fifteen instances in which Matthew interpreted some events in the life of Jesus as a fulfillment of a prophecy in the Old Testament. Matthew began with a genealogy of Jesus that traces his ancestry as far back as Abraham. The author also covered an account of the wise men's visit to Jesus' birth site, Herod's attempt to destroy the newborn child, and the journey into Egypt for the child's protection. After the death of Herod, Jesus' family returned and settled in the Galilee town of Nazareth. Following these introductory stories, Matthew narrated the events of Jesus'. Matthew placed only major emphasis on the good things that Jesus taught. Some of the teachings were spoken only to the disciples; however there were times when Jesus spoke to the public. Jesus sometimes spoke in parables, to communicate his ideals concerning the kingdom of heaven to the people. The story continues until Jesus is resurrected. Matthews's writings were designed to persuade the reader that Jesus is the Messiah. Matthews's described Jesus as someone who walked on water, fed thousands of hungry people, and cured the blind as evidence to lead people to believe that Jesus was the Messiah.Many of Matthew's stories described how Jesus did things out of the ordinary to prove to people that he had a gift and that he was someone special. In the story, "Jesus walks on the water," Matthew told the story where Jesus went up in the mountains to pray. The boat which had the disciples on it had slowly drifted away from the land. Once Jesus was done with his prayer, he returned to where the boat was docked and then walked on water to reach the boat, instead of asking the disciples...

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