Matthew M. Whitehead
Matthew’s Gospel from Scratch: The New Testament for Beginners
Westminster John Knox Press, 2011
From beginning to end, Matthew’s Gospel emphasizes Emmanuel and the saving power inaugurated during His first advent. In the fifth volume of the Bible from Scratch series, authors Donald L. Griggs and Earl S. Johnson, Jr. provide an introduction for Christians studying Matthew for the first time.
The book is divided into two sections. The first half, the participant’s guide, takes the reader through Matthew in seven lessons. Each lesson covers several chapters of the biblical book and offers historical, cultural, geographical and literary details. The second half, the leader’s guide, gives instructions for facilitating discussion.
Although beneficial as an individual study, the book is intended for use in groups. It combines an overview of biblical scholarship with an introduction to the major issues in Matthew’s Gospel, making it a helpful tool for Sunday school classes or small group Bible studies.