The second week of the "Reading the Gospels as Literature" course was this evening. We discussed the gospel of Mark.
My notes are available for download here.
For next week, we will read all of Matthew's gospel.
Some things to consider:
1. Notice where Matthew is similar to Mark.
2. Matthew knows Mark's gospel. What does he want his hearers to know that Mark doesn't tell them?
3. Where is his gospel different from Mark? How do you account for the differences?
4. Who is Jesus for Matthew?