The man of St Matthew


Chapter 17: Overview

When we looked at chapter 16, we saw how 16,13-17,13 formed one passage with four scenes. We have read the first two scenes in chapter 16, 16,13-28.
The second two scenes, 17,1-13, will now be the first page for this chapter 17. This is the scene of the Transfiguration, 17,1-8 which is followed by the discussion about Elijah and John the Baptist as Jesus and the disciples were coming down the mountain, 17,9-13.

There follows the healing of the epileptic boy, 17,14-20, where the crowd is again present. We will read this episode as our second page.
(Verse 21 is regarded as a later addition and omitted.)

Next we can note how there is a new beginning in 17,22 with the gathering in Galilee. A second prediction of Jesus' fate then follows, 17,22-23. The final scene of this chapter, one which is unique to Matthew, tells about the payment of tax and takes place in Capernaum, 17,24-27. We can read the two episodes as our third page for the chapter, 17,22-27.

With those considerations, we can start reading this chapter with the Transfiguration and the discussion which follows, 17,1-13.