The man of St Matthew



Chapter 28: Overview

We first need to review the continuity between chapters 27 and 28 which we saw in our overview of the Passion.

We noted the continuity of setting, that everything is based on one place from 27,57-28,15. What are the characters and events in the first part of this chapter that we saw provided the continuity with the burial of Jesus in the previous chapter?

Read through chapter 28 and see how the chapter divides into two main parts for our reading. What is different about the final verses? How is the first part of the chapter framed? For this, look back to the previous chapter.

Then have a look at my response.

Matthew first introduced the women in 27,55-56 as witnesses to the death of Jesus. As we have been noting since, they were also witnesses to the burial of Jesus (27,61) and now they are witnesses to his resurrection. Their key role at this stage of the Gospel is notable.

We are now ready to read about the events at the empty tomb, Mt 28,1-15.