Matthew's Gospel: One of the Most Underrated Books of the Bible

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The Gospel of Matthew is one of the most important books of the Bible. Many great New Testament verses are memorized using the Matthean version. This Gospel also bridges the two testaments. Dr. David Bauer presents a survey of the Gospel—one that will be helpful to use in preparing for Bible study or sermon preparation.

Notice the 3 literary divisions, marked by “From that time Jesus began to . . .”:

1:1-4:16 Before Jesus’ public ministry.
4:17-16:20 The preaching of the Son of God to Israel
16:21-28:20 The passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

There are also 5 Great Speeches, marked by “When Jesus had finished these teachings . . .”:

1) Sermon on the Mount (5-7)
2) Missionary Discourse (10)
3) Parable Discourse (13)
4) Community Discourse (18)
5) End times Discourse (24-25)

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David Bauer is Dean of the School of Biblical Interpretation and Ralph Waldo Beeson Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary.


  1. I took all the EB classes I could while Asbury. that decision has been a live changing experience. I have taught students for Oakland City University Extension Classes who practice what they learned.I am forever grateful for Dr Bauer,and others who taught me inductive Bible Study.