S604 – Besorat Matthew in its Jewish Context

Instructor: Noel Rabinowitz

Dates: March 10-May 19, 2019 Pesach Break April 20-27

Location: Orbund (server11.orbund.com)

Note: This is an expanded course description and not the syllabus. Students who want to begin reading before the syllabus is posted (usually one month prior to the start of class) should contact the course instructor directly to confirm what required readings will be on the syllabus. For the instructor’s contact information, email the MJTI registrar at admin@mjti.org.

This course will employ a variety of hermeneutical strategies to study the Besorah of Matthew in its Jewish context, emphasizing questions about the book’s purpose and structure. The course will focus on the Besorah’s presentation of Yeshua as the Messiah-King who has come to inaugurate the eschatological restoration of Israel. To accomplish this task, the course will explore such themes as the end of exile, the geography of restoration, the fulfillment of Torah, the politics of Yeshua, the kingdom of heaven, the mission of the Shepherd-King, the apocalyptic discourse, the messianic banquet, the forgiveness of sin and the purification of Jerusalem.

This is an elective course available to all MJTI students.

A proper understanding of Besorat Matthew in its Jewish context is essential for the formation and development of a mature Messianic Judaism. On a historical level Matthew’s Besorah anchors Messianic Judaism firmly within its first century national, political and religious context. On a theological level the Besorah shapes our present understanding of Torah, the Kingdom and the Messiahship of Yeshua. On a cultural level, the Besorah of Matthew focuses our attention on a particular community—the Jewish community, and links us to that community, past, present, and future.


Students must have a computer and Internet access.

Podcast with asynchronous discussion, and video conferencing.

Students are required to actively listen to all lectures, complete all assigned reading according to the course schedule, participate fully in all class discussions (discussion thread or webcast), and complete the final exam.

The publication dates indicate the required edition of each text.

  • Sigal, Phillip. The Halakhah of Jesus of Nazareth according to the Gospel of Matthew. Revised edition. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007.
  • Turner, David L. Matthew (Baker Exegetical Commentary of the New Testament). Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008.
  • Gurtner, Daniel M., Richard A. Burridge and Joel Willitts, eds. Jesus, Matthew’s Gospel and Early Christianity: Studies in Memory of Graham N. Stanton. (The Library of New Testament Studies, 1st ed.) London: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2011.
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