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Mission From the Gospels – Unit 2


With this unit we begin our investigation of the gospel writings. The faith community Matthew is addressing is being forced to face the challenge of faith in a new age. It is a post-resurrection faith community no longer grounded in the physical temple in Jerusalem. It is a faith community that was forced to flee Jerusalem during the warring days of the destruction of the temple. In their exile, this Jewish community finds itself ministering side by side with the very people they had been taught to distrust and to hate. The exile created major change and they find their faith community filled with the very people who not long ago would have been seen as “unclean” and as “sinners.” This radical change caused all kinds of questions to arise…