Office of Evangelization

Diocese of Cleveland


By: St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology


Material Overview 

Reading the Old Testament in the New: The Gospel of Matthew is a biblical course that looks for the echoes of the Old Testament writings in the Gospel of Matthew.


About the Program

How did the New Testament writers read the Old Testament in light of the coming of Jesus Christ? This course offers an in-depth answer to that question, focusing on the use of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Matthew.


After looking at how first-century Jews interpreted the Law and the Prophets and studying patterns of interpretation found in Jesus and the New Testament writers, we’ll focus our attention on Matthew. Matthew makes more than 100 Old Testament references, ranging from direct quotes to subtle allusions. Through a close reading of many of these texts we’ll explore how the Old Testament forms an “implicit narrative” that is essential to understanding Matthew’s meaning and message.



  1. Learning to Listen for Echoes: A New Approach to the New Testament
  2. Son of David, Son of Abraham
  3. ‘Not to Abolish, But to Fulfill”
  4. Healing and Restoration
  5. Riddles of Rejection, Rock of Foundation
  6. David’s Son, David’s Lord



  • To understand how the Old Testament is interpreted by Jesus and the New Testament writers.
  • To learn the narrative structure and “implicit narrative” of Matthew’s Gospel and to understand how that implicit narrative is essential for understanding Matthew.
  • To understand the Old Testament context for many of the specific sayings and events recorded in Matthew’s Gospel.



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.



Reading the Old Testament in the New:


St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

1468 Parkview Circle

Steubenville, OH 43952

(740) 264-9535 phone

(740) 283-4011 fax

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