Published on October 1, 2007
A Hebrew Gospel: A Hebrew Gospel Anointed – Messiah - Christ: Anointed – Messiah - Christ Slide4: Matthew 1:1-17 Heir to the Throne Matthew 1:18-19: Matthew 1:18-19 Betrothed: Betrothed The Choices: The Choices Slide8: Divine Intervention Proof #1 : Gen. 16:7-14; 22:11-18; Exod. 3:2—4:16. The writer stressed the divine nature of this intervention four times in the first two chapters(1:20, 24; 2:13, 19). Matthew 1:18-21: Matthew 1:18-21 Slide10: Proof # 2 - Scripture Matthew 1:22-25: Matthew 1:22-25 Immanuel: Immanuel Slide13: A Little Bit of History Slide14: When a Greek official tried to force a priest named Mattathias to make a sacrifice to a pagan god, the priest refused by killing a cooperating priest and then killed the Greek. The Jews rose up behind Mattathias and his five sons and fought for their liberation. The family of Mattathias is known as the Maccabees or the Hasmoneans. In 164 BC, Jerusalem was recaptured by the Maccabees and the Temple purified, an event that gave birth to the holiday of Chanukah. In the year 142 BC, after more than 500 years of subjugation (since 586 BC), the Jews were free. Slide15: Rome took Jerusalem – Pompey put Herod’s Father in political control Parthia Matthew 2:1-6: Matthew 2:1-6 Magi: Magi Matthew 2:7-8: Matthew 2:7-8 Matthew 2:9-12: Matthew 2:9-12 Star: Star Matthew 2:13-15: Matthew 2:13-15 Matthew 2:16-18: Matthew 2:16-18 Matthew 2:19-23: Matthew 2:19-23 Isaiah 11:1-5: Isaiah 11:1-5 Slide27: Crucifixes first appeared in churches in the 5th century. Why? Why do so many medieval churches -- at a time of endless wars, plagues, virtual slavery, etc., have such graphic and gory pictures and statues of the crucifixion?