Office of Evangelization

Diocese of Cleveland

‘HE MUST REIGN’: THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN SCRIPTURE

By: St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

Material Overview

‘He Must Reign’: The Kingdom of God in Scripture is a biblical course that studies that explores the scriptural significance of bringing about the kingdom.

 

About the Program

The drama in the Gospels turns on a single question: Is Jesus the long awaited Messiah, the son of David come to restore the everlasting monarchy promised to David? Underlying this drama are centuries of rival interpretations of the Jewish Scriptures and competing expectations of who the Messiah was to be, the signs that would accompany his coming, and the shape of the kingdom he would establish.

We explore all these issues in this thematic survey course, which goes to the heart of what the New Testament has to say about the identity of Christ and the Church.

We start with a detailed look at the importance of David in the Old Testament, the shape of the Davidic monarchy, and its historic rise and fall. We examine next the messianic hopes of Israel and the traditions of exile and restoration found in the Old Testament and in Jewish literature written between the Old and New Testaments.

We then make a detailed study of how Jesus is portrayed as the Davidic Messiah in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, as well as in Luke’s second volume, the Acts of the Apostles. We round out our study by exploring the Davidic-kingdom imagery in the remaining New Testament texts, and how the biblical understanding of the Church as the kingdom is reflected in the Catholic Church.

 

Lessons

  1. A Throne Established Forever
  2. Looking for the ‘New David’
  3. The Son of David in Matthew’s Gospel
  4. The Throne of David, His Father
  5. The Spread of Kingdom in Acts
  6. ‘The Key of David’: Church and Kingdom in the New Testament

 

Outcomes

  • To understand in a detailed way the Old Testament background of the New Testament – especially God’s covenant with King David and Israel’s hopes for a Messiah who would restore the fallen kingdom of David.
  • To understand how the New Testament depicts Jesus as the royal Son of David and the Church He establishes as the restored Kingdom of David.
  • To begin to understand the biblical origin of some of the structures of the Catholic Church as reflecting the biblical understanding of the Church as the kingdom of God.

 

Registration

Courses are free! But we do ask that you register. You will be prompted for your E-mail Address and directed to a page where you will be asked for your Name, E-mail Address, Address and Phone Number. This is for our informational purposes only. We will not lend or sell your contact information to anyone else. Thanks for your cooperation. Important Note: You only have to register once. Once you have registered you are registered for all the courses.

 

Links

Reading the Old Testament in the New: https://stpaulcenter.com/studies/courses/reading-the-old-testament-in-the-new-the-gospel-of-matthew

 

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

1468 Parkview Circle

Steubenville, OH 43952

(740) 264-9535 phone

(740) 283-4011 fax

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