School Notes

Date posted:   Oct 23, 2019

The Gospel of Matthew

Photo of The Gospel of Matthew

Fee: $30
Three Weeks


featuring video with Rev. Michael J. Himes and articles by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham

Let the Scriptures enrich your spiritual life!  Explore the Gospel of Matthew in this course.  In the first week, an article by Dr. Philip A. Cunningham helps 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 Fr. 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.


Introductory week: Video and/or 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"

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 and video on The Writing of the Gospels;
  • A video presentation by Fr. Michael J. Himes;
  • Weekly questions for reflection and discussion; and 
  • A regularly updated Resources page for further study. 

All Crossroads 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.
  • The course site is usually open to participants at least three months 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.
  • A Certificate of Active Participation for those who post at least three messages of substance for each week of content.

Additional Materials Needed

Although a Bible is available online, you may also wish to have a Bible available in hard copy.  For online Bibles, we recommend:

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.

Certificate Requirement Category

Sacred Scripture

Content Scholars:

Dr. Philip A. Cunningham (text), professor of theology and religious studies, St. Joseph's University, and Rev. Michael J. Himes (video), priest of the Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, and professor of theology at the Boston College Theology Department.