TABLE OF CONTENTS

ABSTRACT

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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Chapter

ONE

INTRODUCTION...

THE CORINTHIAN CHURCH

THE ROMAN CHURCH.

DIFFERENTIATION OF CONCEPTS

Unity and Fellowship

Unity and Conformity

Fellowship and Agreement

Gospel and Doctrine

Fellowship and Endorsement..

OBJECTIVES IN PROJECT/DISSERTATION

SETTING FOR PROJECT/DISSERTATION

Luverne Church of Christ

Landmark Church of Christ

Central Church of Christ.

Objectives in Three Individual Four Hour Seminars

MAJOR COMPONENTS OF DISSERTATION

CONCLUSION

TWO

CRISIS AND IDENTIFICATION OF FALSE PROPHETS
WITHIN THE CHURCHES OF CHRIST

PRESENT CRISIS WITHIN THE CHURCHES
OF CHRIST

Country-wide Dissension

LOCAL DISSENSION IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA

CONCLUSION

THREE

PRINCIPLES OF INTERPRETATION APPLIED TO AN INTERPRETATION OF FALSE PROPHETS IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

CONTEXTUAL INTERPRETATION

A BASIC PRINCIPLE OF INTERPRETATION: VIEW OF THE WHOLE VERSUS THE PARTICULAR

General Overview of the Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel’s Structure

PHARISEES AND ORAL TRADITION

JOSEPHUS

NEW TESTAMENT

POST-70 CE AND THE PHARISEES

JAMNIA

CONCLUSION

FOUR

NARRATIVE OVERVIEW OF THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

LITERARY CRITICISM

The Implied Reader

Plot

Point of View

THE STRUCTURE OF MATTHEW’S HISTORY

OF SALVATION

Three Major Divisions in Matthew

FIRST MAJOR SECTION: 1:1—4:16

THE IDENTITY OF JESUS

God’s Evaluative Point of View

Matthew’s Evaluative Point of view

The Magi’s Evaluative Point of View.

Herod and the Religious Leaders’ Point of View

John the Baptist’s Evaluative Point of view

Satan’s Evaluative Point of View

Peter’s Evaluative Point of View

SECOND MAJOR SECTION 4:16—16:20

JESUS’ MINISTRY TO ISRAEL: 4:17—11:1

Jesus’ Teaching Ministry to Israel

Jesus’ Healing Ministry to Israel

Jesus’ Preaching Ministry to Israel

THE ELEMENT OF CONFLICT IN 4:17—11:1

ESCALATION OF CONFLICT BETWEEN JESUS AND THE RELIGIOUS LEADERS IN 11:1—16:20..

Development of the Conflict

CONFLICTING VIEWS ABOUT THE IDENTITY OF JESUS

Towns in Galilee

Herod Antipas

Disciples of Jesus

THIRD MAJOR SECTION: 16:21—28:20

The Journey to Jerusalem

CONCLUSION

FIVE

IDENTIFICATION OF FALSE PROPHETS IN MATTHEW 24

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND TO MATTHEW  24

The First Major Controversy

The Last Major Controversy

The Parable of the Two Sons

The Parable of the Tenants

The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

THE CONSPIRACY OF RELIGIOUS LEADERS

Pharisees and Herodians

Sadducees

A Pharisee: An Expert in the Law

Pharisees.

SEVEN WOES AGAINST THE LEADERS OF ISRAEL…

CONCLUSION.

SIX

A DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT..

THE FIRST HOUR...

THE SECOND HOUR..

THE THIRD HOUR.

THE FOURTH HOUR.

CONCLUSION.

SEVEN

EVALUATION OF THE PROJECT..

THE CANDIDATE’S GOAL AND EVALUATIVE STRATEGY

PRETEST AND POSTTEST STATEMENTS.

Identification of Legends.

RESPONSES TO STATEMENTS BEFORE AND AFTER THE PRETEST AND POSTTEST..

SOUND DOCTRINE IN GENERAL...

Statement One..

Statement Five.

Statement Ten..

Statement Twelve

SOUND DOCTRINE IN MATTHEW..

Statement Seventeen…

Statement Eighteen.

ISSUES IN GENERAL.

Statement Two.

Statement Three...

Statement Four…

Statement Eight…

Statement Nine

Statement Eleven.

ISSUES IN MATTHEW...

Statement Thirteen..

Statement Fourteen.

Statement Fifteen

Statement Sixteen

DEITY IN GENERAL..

Statement Six..

Statement Seven..

DEITY IN MATTHEW.

Statement Nineteen..

RESPONSES FROM PARTICIPANTS

Written Statements From Participants on Posttest…

Letters Written Four Weeks After the Seminar..

CONCLUSION.

APPENDICES

I. PRETEST AND POSTTEST STATEMENTS.

II.

GRID LINE CHARTS TO RESPONSES TO STATEMENTS BEFORE AND AFTER SEMINAR ON FALSE PROPHETS IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, WHO ARE THEY?

III.

PERCENTAGE CHARTS TO RESPONSES TO STATEMENTS BEFORE AND AFTER SEMINAR ON FALSE PROPHETS IN THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW, WHO ARE THEY?

IV.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE ONE-CUP AND NON-SUNDAY SCHOOL MOVEMENT

V.

DOCTRINE OF CHRIST IN 2 JOHN 9: SUBJECTIVE OR OBJECTIVE GENITIVE

VI.

PASSOVER TRADITIONS IN THE FIRST CENTURY

VII.

MY PILGRIMAGE OF FAITH

VII.

THE NARROW GATE

VIII.

JUDGE NOT

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