Matthewwas absolutely convinced that Jesus was the One sent by God to establish the Reign of God in the final days as promised by the prophets of ancient Israel. The Evangelist then presented Jesus as the fulfillment of his people's expectations.But Matthew believed that Jesus was something more. He was also a reinterpreter of those traditions.Matthew believed that Jesus was the fulfillment of ancient Israel's hopes, but he fulfilled those hopes in a way that went beyond all expectations. From Getting to Kw Our Director In this seven-day retreat, Going Beyond the Law, your director is Matthew the Evangelist, author of the first Gospel. His words will help you to understand how Jesus fulfilled his role as Messiah and brought about the age foreseen by the prophets and longed for by the pious. Matthew does t disregard the traditions of ancient Israel, but casts them in a new lightthe Light of the World.
LESLIE J. HOPPE, O.F.M., is professor of Old Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois. He has served as the chairperson of the Biblical literature and languages department and as the acting vice president and academic dean. He has also served on the faculties of Aquinas Institute of Theology and Mundelein Seminary.