Interpretive Paper #3: Matthew 5:43-48 Matthew is the first book in the New Testament, written by Matthew himself in Israel. It is one of three synoptic gospels, and was written with the Gospel of Mark as a guide. He wrote this book to the followers of Jesus and with a Jewish audience in mind. It is to this Roman-ruled nation of Jews that Matthew was really trying to reach and address in his Gospel. Ironically Matthew was a Jew himself, but not only a Jew, a tax collector as well. It all ties together in the verses that were assigned for interpretive paper number three because the whole purpose of that excerpt was to love your enemies. Matthew refers to tax collectors being enemies in verse forty-six (“If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?” Matthew 5:46). Tax collectors were notorious cheaters, squeezing whatever they could out of their fellow citizens so they could skim a healthy profit off of the top for themselves. But, whatever Matthew once was, when he encountered Jesus, he became a devoted disciple. The book of Matthew as a whole gives us an up close and more of a personal view of Jesus as a teacher and healer. It also allows us to see how Jesus fulfilled the ancient prophecies that pointed to the promised King and Messiah. Jesus didn’t just burst into one scene. His life and his death were planned from the foundation of the world, and this gospel is to show exactly that. It is a gospel for the church, reflecting back on the life of Jesus, his death, and also his resurrection. Matthew shows that the whole of scripture is one continuous story that lends itself to leaders who are making practical decisions about the rule of life for a Christian. The main structure of the book of Matthew is mostly chronological. It is basically a biography of Jesus, so of course it only makes sense that it is put into chronological order. On another note Matthew could be considered of having a bit of geographical structure to it too. Matthew has lots of place indicators, and can profitably be read with an open atlas at hand. The most important geographical marker in Matthew is the distinction between Judea at large, and Jerusalem in particular. Jerusalem carries a deeper meaning for Matthew. For him, it means “crucifixion”. So no matter how many times Jesus may have gone to Jerusalem, Matthew tells the story of Jesus with a “Jesus goes to Jerusalem” turning point. This is a factor that Matthew actually has in common with Mark and Luke, the other two of the three synoptic gospels. One of the most obvious differences between Matthew and the other synoptic gospels is that it is dominated by long speeches by Jesus. One of his biggest speeches happens in chapters 5-7 with the Sermon on the Mount. Although the basic structure of Matthew is chronological, Matthew frequently arranges his details non-chronologically. He tells miracle stories in clusters of two or three, often based on what kind of miracles they are. Jesus heals the blind and the mute right after. He calms a storm and then cast out demons, not because these events happened in order but because they are along the same type of miracle, so to speak. This little part of structure only applies to a smaller portion of the book of Matthew but it is worth paying attention to. The overall theological theme in Matthew is fulfillment. In Jesus all the purposes of God come to fulfillment. For example verse 5:17 says that he is the fulfillment of the law. The law of the Moses and the Messiah is a distinction between the tradition of men and the demands of God. Other themes that are present in Matthew are typologies. Typologies are “Jesus is like...” Chapter two refers to Jesus as a second Moses. The wilderness experience is replicated in the life of Jesus through temptations. In chapter 12 Matthew provides Old Testament precedents for Jesus’ assumptions of authority over Sabbath. A…
Themes and Characteristics in Matthew’s Gospel
Important Scholars/ Bible quotes
Matthew seems rather fond of arranging his material in numerical patterns. Some think that Matthew arranged the main teachings of Jesus into five discourses, or blocks, to correspond to the five books of Moses.
In the genealogy which begins Matthew’s gospel (1:1- 17) there are fourteen generations corresponding to the number of King David’s name – in Hebrew each letter has…
21, September 2014
Who Am I?
Who Am I? In my eyes and the people around me they see a young man who can do just about anything. My personal quality, talent, accomplishment, and contribution are that I’m a person who won’t give up or give in to anything that I don’t want to. My personal qualities are, I’m an honest, kind, loving, self-confident and ambitious. My talents are an impeccable gift from god I can accomplish anything if mind is in the right…
With the legislation of suicide in Switzerland, is there a case for allowing assisted suicide in Wales?
By Matthew Davies
An introduction into the term ’Euthanasia’
The word “Euthanasia” is a broad term used for mercy killing and is derived from the Greek word “Eu”; meaning “well” or “good” and “Thanatos”; meaning death. A mercy killing may be taking the life of an individual due to terminal illness, causing suffering and a poor quality of life, comparable to the way in which we make the…
Jesus begins his ministry in Matthew 4:12, after John the Baptist had been “cast into prison.” He left Nazareth into Galilee preaching “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” As he was walking in Galilee, he gathered his disciples and continued the three parts of his ministry: “Preach the Gospel of the kingdom, teaching in the synagogues, and healing the sick and diseased (Matthew 4:23).” Stanley Toussaint in his Behold the King: A Study of Matthew, he says “This ministry is described…
Kim: Native Foreignness
Book by Rudyard Kipling
Review by Matthew Sergent
Matthew R. Sergent
SIS 100: Section .02
17 October 2013
The novel, Kim¸ written by Rudyard Kipling, is about a down trodden white orphan, turned spectacular spy. The story begins in Lahore, a city in the Punjab region of the Indian Subcontinent. Kim embodies the concept of deception and truth throughout his journey in India. Kimball O’Hara, as his full name states, was born to an Irish Soldier…
What happened to Matthew Shepard on October 6th, 1998 was a horrific tragedy. He was beaten, terrorized, and murdered all because of his sexual orientation. When news of this story broke, America when into a media frenzy. Every news station in the country covered this story. The amount of media attention this story got compared to other, similar cases is incomparable. This might have to do with the fact that this was no regular crime, this was a…
The interpretation I did was on lines 52-89 of act III scene I. This begins with Hamlet’s famous quote “To be or not to be.”
Hamlet enters, speaking thoughtfully and agonizingly to himself about the question of whether to commit suicide to end the pain of experience: “To be, or not to be: that is the question.” He says that the miseries of life are such that no one would willingly bear them, except that they are afraid of “something after death.”…
Before Matthew was called by Christ Matthew would have had two names in Hebrew, one of his Hebrew names was thought to be Levi. The name Matthew was taken as a Christian name after he was called by Jesus. Matthew in Hebrew is Mattija, which can translate to “gift of Iaveh” or “gift of Yahweh” which equates to Theodore. Post-Biblical name was shortened to Mattia which is also a Hebrew translation. It was later translated into Greek, Mathaios then understood to be Matthew. He was mostly Aramaic and…
explanations, such as if you dream of a snake, it means that you are going to be lucky. But it’s too tough, and it can’t foretell the future. I mean, a real explanation is far more difficult and complicated. And that is what Freud called, the interpretation of dreams.
To interpret a dream, we need to know why we dream. According to Freud, all the dreams are the fulfillment of wish. Or you can say that “I think, therefore I dream.” But most of the time, we can’t find our wishes easily in the dream…