Activity Outcome
  • Students will be able to articulate the structure of the book of Matthew and identify its elements.
Relevant Course Outcome
  • Students will be able to identify and analyze the textual, historical, and cultural contexts of works of literature.
  • Students will be able to read works of literature closely and thoroughly.


Discuss in your groups the following questions and, when asked, identify as many examples as possible (one scribe in the group will post responses below). We will look at one at a time. Scribes, post a new Discussion Post for each question.
  • What is the purpose of the Immaculate Conception and the Nativity?
  • How does Matthew try to convince his readers that Christ is a wise man/character (from beginning of life to end)?
  • What are the main types of miracles performed by Christ? And why are they in the text?
  • Look up Buddha (founder of Buddhism) and Muhammad (central figure of Islam) on Wikipedia - read their biographies. Do you see any similarities in the three stories?