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Lenten Reflection Series

March 14, 2018
Location: Dauby 201

Is Matthew’s Gospel Anti-Jewish? A Fresh Look at the Passion Narrative of the Gospel of Matthew
Sister Lisa Marie Belz, OSU, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Graduate Theological and Pastoral Studies, Chair of Religious Studies

Is Matthew’s Gospel anti-Jewish? Certainly, the way Matthew 27:25 (“And all the people answered, ‘his blood be upon us and on our children’”) has been read and interpreted historically by Gentile Christians might imply anti-Jewishness. Yet apart from how this verse is read by anti-Jewish Gentile Christians centuries after it is written, the question remains: is Matthew’s gospel itself written with the intention of being anti-Jewish? And is the author of this gospel anti-Jewish? In- formed by new scholarship on the blurry relationship between first century Judaism and primitive Christianity, this presentation offers fresh insights into the Jewish character of the Gospel of Matthew, its originally Jewish target audience, and the way its author, a Torah-observant Jew himself, constructs his own story of the death of Jesus of Nazareth.

Presentation: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Q&A: 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

This series is free and open to the public. All lectures start at 7:00 p.m. in Dauby 201 on Ursuline's campus. 

March 21: Nevertheless she Persisted: The Witness of Mary Magdalene; Gina Messina, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies 

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