Lecture 8: The Great Judgment Discourse (Ch 23-25)
  • Why does the commentator Eugene Boring have the opinion that these three chapters are centered
    on the contemporary and the coming judgments? How do the “woes” have a parallel in the Sermon
    on the Mount discourse?
  • What does “eschatological” mean?
  • Why did the Pharisees focus on ‘externals” to help define themselves as a people after the destruction
    of the temple?
  • The way Jesus interprets the Torah is always by the guiding principle of justice, mercy and faithfulness.
    What is the interpretation of the Scribes and Pharisees?
  • In Ezekiel when the temple is destroyed, the presence of God is seen visibly leaving the temple.
    How does Matthew evoke this scene?
  • What do the words “Parousia” and “Apocalypse” mean and what are the signs of their coming in Matthew?
  • Material from these chapters is taken from Mark and also ‘Q’. What other Gospel uses Q and what
    aspects come into Matthew?
  • The parable of the 10 bridesmaids is unique to Matthew’s Gospel. Who represents the groom and
    who represents the bridesmaids? What could the oil represent?
  • In the parable of the Talents the third servant does nothing and loses everything? What does this
    story tell us about the Kingdom?
  • The Last Judgment is unique to Matthew. What are the different images of Jesus presented and
    why do some commentators say it is the most remarkable scene in all of Scripture?
  • There is only one criterion for judging the worth of our lives in Matthew’s Last Judgment.
    What is it? Do you see a parallel in Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians chapter 13?
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