The Genealogy of Jesus Christ

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The New Testament includes four Gospels that encompass a variety of narrative accounts relating to Jesus Christ. The Gospel of Matthew; is sequentially placed as the first book within the New Testament. Furthermore, it is a canonical account of the life of Jesus, and is recognized as one of the synoptic Gospels. These accounts are divided into twenty eight chapters that appear in the form of a parable, proverb, law, or miracle story found within modern day poetry, letters, or literary tracts. Moreover, each narrative account possesses influential and intellectual material that attracts readers to examine it further. However, out of the four Gospels, Matthew’s is the one that encompasses the most amount of text that bestows an array of …show more content…
The content and tenor of the Gospel relates to Jewish ideals and values, which lead to the belief that Matthew’s audience had a large Jewish population. His designations of the person of Jesus are designed to appeal to a Jewish audience. His main goal was to divert the Jews’ perception from Jesus being a false Messiah but rather their long awaited Messiah. Also he tries to prove to them that the Jewish prophecies had been fulfilled in Jesus; by refuting other Jewish leaders and their different views and practices . Furthermore, great competition between Matthews’ audiences formed because of Jesus, thus caused Matthew’s plot to solely focus on conflict. This is because Matthew is engaged in some sort of polemic against the Jewish authorities. This is exemplified through the groups signified by the Pharisees, with Jesus speaking about the incompetence of the Pharisees, their influence and their actions. It is evident that Matthew’s audiences were confused because Matthew brings forth a different point of view from what they are accustomed too, through his attempt of proving to them that Jesus is the Messiah.

In order for one to understand the opposing viewpoints within this era, Matthew’s readers need to have a thorough understanding of what the Jews perceived the Messiah to be and the criterion the Messiah had to fulfill. The term Messiah was derived from the Hebrew Mashiach, which means the anointed one, and refers to the ancient practice of

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