St.   Matthew

Revelation 22:18-19 (KJV)
18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.


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Matthew. Formerly a tax-collector at Capernaum, he became one of the more prominent disciples.
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Genealogy of Christ, Birth of Christ
Chapter 1

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Visit of Wise Men, Flight into Egypt, Herod Kills
the Children
Chapter 2

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The Person of John the Baptist, The Preaching of John
the Baptist, Baptism of Jesus
Chapter 3

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First Temptation, Second Temptation, Third Temptation,
Jesus Begins His Ministry, Jesus Calls Hid First Disciples,
Jesus Ministers in Galilee
Chapter 4

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The Beatitudes, The Similitudes, Jesus Fulfills the Law,
Murder, Adultery, Divorce, Oaths, Retaliation, Love
Chapter 5

Almsgiving, Prayer, Fasting, Wealth
Chapter 6

Judging, Golden Rule, Two Wars of Life, False and True
Teaching, True Way into the Kingdom, Parable of the Two
Builders, Response to the Sermon
Chapter 7
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The Leper Is Cleansed, The Centurion's Servant Is Healed,
Peter's Mother-in-Law is Healed, Demands of Discipleship,
Devils Are Cast into Swine
Chapter 8

The Paralytic Is Forgiven, The Disciples Eat with
Sinners, The Disciples Do Not Fast, Life Is Restored,
Sight Is Restored, Speech Is Restored, The Need for
Delegation of Power
Chapter 9

The Twelve Apostles Are Sent, The Twelve Apostles Are
Chapter 10

Rejection of Chorazin, Bethsaida and Capernaum, The
Invitation to Come unto Jesus
Chapter 11

Controversy over Sabbath Labour, Controversy over
Sabbath Healing, Pharisees Plan to Destroy Christ,
Pharisees Blaspheme the Holy Spirit, Pharisees Commit
the Unpardonable Sin, Pharisees Demand a Sign, Jesus
and the True Brethren
Chapter 12

Parable of the Soils, Parable of the Wheat and Tares,
Parable of the Mustard Seed, Parable of the Leaven,
Parable of the Tares Explained, Parable of the Hidden
Treasure, Parable of the Pearl of Great Price, Parable
of the Net, Parable of the Householder, Rejection at
Chapter 13

Present Responce to Jesus, Recount of the Murder of John
the Baptist, Jesus Feeds 5,000, Jesus Walks on Water,
Jesus Heals Many
Chapter 14

Debate over Tradition, Jesus Heals the Gentile Woman's
Daughter, Jesus Heals Many, Jesus Feeds 4,000
Chapter 15

Debate over a Sign from Heaven, Withdrawal of Jesus,
Revelation of the Person of the King, Rvelation of the
Church, Revelation of Jesus' Death. Revelation of Jesus'
Reward, The Prochecy of the Second Coming
Chapter 16

The Transfiguration, Instruction About Faith, Instruction
About Jesus' Death, Instruction About Taxes
Chapter 17

Instruction About Humility, Punishment of Offenders,
Parable of the Lost Sheep, The Offended Brother,
Instruction About Forgiveness
Chapter 18

Instruction About Divorce, Rich Young Ruler, The
Apostles Reward
Chapter 19

Parable of the Labourers, Instruction About Jesus' Death,
Instruction About Ambition, The Blind Men Recognize
the King
Chapter 20

The Triumphal Entry, The Cleansing of the Temple,
Question About Jesus' Authority, Parable of the Two
Sons, Parable of the Householder
Chapter 21

Parable of the Marriage Feast, Conflict with Pharisees
and Herodians, Conflict with Sadducees, The Greatest
Commandment, The Son of David
Chapter 22

Jesus Characterizes the Pharisees, Jesus Condemns the
Pharisees, Jesus Laments over Jerusalem
Chapter 23

The Temple to Be Destroyed, The Disciples' Two Questions,
The Tribulation, The Second Coming, Parable of the
Fig Tree, Illustration of the Days of Noah, Illustration
of the Two Servants
Chapter 24

Parable of the Ten Virgins, Parable of the Talents,
Judgment of the Gentiles
Chapter 25

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The Religious Leaders Plot to Kill Jesus, Mary Anoints
Jesus for Burial, Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus, The
Passover Is Prepared, The Passover Is Celebrated, The
Lord's Supper Is Instituted, Peter's Denial Is Predicted,
Jesus' Three Prayers, Jesus' Betrayal and Arrest, Two
False Witnesses, Three Denials of Peter
Chapter 26
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Jesus Is Delivered to Pilate, Judas Repents(also Acts 1:18,19),
Jesus Is Examined, Barabbas Is Freed, Jesus Is Scourged,
Jesus Is Led to Golgotha, Jesus Is Crucified, Jesus Dies,
Signs Accompanying Jesus' Death, Jesus Is Buried
Chapter 27

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The Empty Tomb, The Appearance of Jesus to the Women,
The Bribery of the Soldiers, The Appearance of Jesus
to the Disciples, The Great Commission
Chapter 28

Extra Reading Material:

What Jesus Saw From the Cross



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General Information

The Pharisees were a major Jewish sect from the 2d century BC to the 2d century AD. The seeds of Pharisaism were planted during the Babylonian Captivity (587 - 536 BC), and a clearly defined party emerged during the revolt of the Maccabees (167 - 165 BC) against the Seleucid rulers of Syria - Palestine. The origin of the name Pharisees is uncertain; one suggestion renders it as "those separated," meaning separation from impurity and defilement. The name first appeared during the reign of John Hyrcanus (135 - 105 BC), whom the Pharisees opposed because of his assumption of both the royal and high - priestly titles and because of the general secularism of the court.

The Pharisees' chief rival sect was the Sadducees. Whereas the Sadducees were drawn mainly from the conservative and aristocratic priestly class, the Pharisees tended to be middle class and open to religious innovation. In the interpretation of the law the Pharisees differed from the Sadducees in their use of oral legal tradition to supplement the Torah, although their interpretations, once given, were scrupulously adhered to. Pharisaic emphasis on divine providence led to a marked fatalism, and they adopted a belief in resurrection and an elaborate angelology, all of which was rejected by the Sadducees. The struggle for power between the two groups led to rancor and, in some cases, violence.

In the New Testament the Pharisees appear as Jesus' most vocal critics. Their insistence on ritual observance of the letter rather than the spirit of the law evoked strong denunciation by Jesus; he called them "white washed tombs" (Matt. 23:27) and self - righteous lovers of display (Matt. 6:1 - 6, 16 - 18). The Pharisees are portrayed as plotting to destroy Jesus (Matt. 12:14), although they do not figure in the accounts of his arrest and trial. Despite Jesus' attacks on the Pharisees - which were possibly on unrepresentative members of the sect - he shared many beliefs with them, including the resurrection of the dead.

The Pharisees held the Jews together after the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD. The sect continued into the 2d century, working on the redaction of the Talmud and looking for the restoration of Israel through divine intervention.


Archaeologists to dig for apostle Matthew
Kyrgyzstan - A group of Kyrgyz archaeologists said Thursday that it intends to look for the burial site of Saint Matthew, one of Jesus Christ's 12 apostles, near the Central Asian country's Issyk-Kul Lake.
Vladimir Ploskikh, a member of Kyrgyzstan's Academy of Sciences, said the expedition, inspired by old legends, will set out under his lead in the near future.
A manuscript of a long-ago archbishop known as Vladimir says the body "was kept in a monastery on the shore of the Issyk-Kul Lake and the whole Christian world knew about it," according to Ploskikh.
The vast lake lies in northeastern Kyrgyzstan, near the borders with China and Kazakstan. - Sapa-AP,1113,2-13-46_1048389,00.html


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