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The Gospel of Matthew


featuring video with Father Michael J. Himes, Boston College Professor of Theology, and articles by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham, former Executive Director, Boston College's Center for Christian-Jewish Learning

Let the Scriptures enrich your spiritual life! In this course, you will explore the Gospel of Matthew. In the first week, an article by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham will help participants gain an overview of the gospel's features, learn about its setting, the evangelist who wrote it, and the community for which it was written. In the second week, a video featuring Father Michael J. Himes will focus on key insights. Then, explore practices to use the gospel in prayer and reflection on your life. No previous experience in Scripture study is necessary.

This workshop format was designed for those who requested a two week format to explore Scripture -- taking a gospel at a time. The course material and videos are the same as used in the 6-week course, Encountering Mark, Matthew & Luke: The Synoptic Gospels.

Check the course schedule for future offerings of this course


Special Features

This course includes:

  • a guide for reading the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham
  • a study guide each week to help "unpack" the assignments
  • a bonus article on the writing of the gospels
  • a video presentation by Father Michael J. Himes
  • weekly questions for reflection and discussion
  • a "town meeting" forum where participants can meet and socialize
  • those who actively participate receive an acknowledgment of completion of course

All C21 Online courses include these features:

  • Participants have access 24 hours/7 days a week to the course's password protected web site.
  • Each participant belongs to a small community for conversation and faith sharing guided by a facilitator.
  • Site is open to participants at least one week before and one week after the course.
  • An orientation in how to navigate the web site is always available.
  • Technical assistance is easy to contact and prompt in returning a message.


Bonus! Introductory article: "The Writing of the Gospels"

Week 1: "The Living Wisdom of God: Matthew's Portrait of Jesus"

Week 2: "A Closer Reflection on Key Themes in Matthew"

Additional Materials Needed

Although there will be a Bible available online, you may also wish to have a Bible available in hard copy.

Time Commitment

A participant can expect to spend an average of approximately 4 hours each week. This commitment includes both the assigned reading and interaction online.

Fee: $25

Content Scholars: Father Michael J. Himes (video) and Dr. Philip A. Cunningham (text)