Proposal: Structure of Matthew’s gospel

Here is one man’s proposed structure of Matthew’s Gospel, based on Matthew’s citations from Isaiah:

  1. 1:1-2:23 – ‘The virgin shall bear a son’ [Mt 1:23 = Isa 9:6]
  2. 3:1-4:11 – ‘The way of the Lord in the wilderness’ [Mt 3:3 = Isa 40:3]
  3. 4:12-7:29 – ‘A great light in Galilee’ [Mt 4:15-16 = Isa 9:1-2]
  4. 8:1-10:42 – ‘He carried away our diseases’ [Mt 8:17 = Isa 53:4]
  5. 11:1-12:45 – ‘Bruised reeds & Gentile judgement’ [Mt 12:17-21 = Isa 42:1-4]
  6. 12:46-13:58 – ‘Hearing and understanding’ [Mt 13:14-15 = Isa 6:9-10]
  7. 14:1-16:12 – ‘Teaching the traditions of men’ [Mt 15:8-9 = Isa 29:13]
  8. 16:13-21:11 – ‘The King coming to Zion, gentle’ [Mt 21:5 = Isa 62:11 & Zec 9:9]
  9. 21:12-25:46 – ‘House of prayer’ or ‘robbers’ den’ [Mt 21:13 = Isa 56:7 & Jer 7:11]
  10. 26:1-28:20 – ‘Shepherd and sheep’ (& Galilee) [Mt 26:31 = Zec 13:7 & Isa 53:4-6]

Taken from Matthew’s Gospel structure: a Messianic reflection on Isaiah. At the link are explanations of each section.

Whether or not Matthew thought about the structure (a proposal worthy of study), it would make a good outline for a Bible school study.

What do you think?