This week we’ll continue with Matthew. In the coming weeks we’ll compare the three synoptic gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke all being derived from a common source) and contrast them with John, the outlier.
While the previous discussion was pretty open and spontaneous (and fruitfully so), this time we’ll try to methodically go through some of Matthew’s major elements and interpret their significance.
If anyone comes across any good, accessible resources—contextual, comparative, historical, theological, etc—please post in the comments.
Holy Grail Search Party is a religious text discussion group—like a Bible study gone rogue—where we can engage in our own theological exegesis, using whatever critical approaches suit us. Meetings will take place Sunday mornings on Zoom.
We’ll look at sacred texts from various traditions, considering their historical context as well as their lasting significance. Putting aside religious dogma, cultural preconceptions, and absurd literalism, we’ll decode for symbolic meaning and spiritual insight. We’ll likely also explore secondary texts from different interpretive disciplines to guide our discussion.
The English Bible, King James Version: The New Testament
The New Testament, translated by Greek Classicist Richmond Lattimore
Holy Bible Audio Book
The Bible Project on YouTube
Bible Gateway (searchable Bible database from various translations)