The Gospel of Matthew will be our primary companion as the Narrative lectionary transitions during Advent and into the new year with the story of Jesus.  In Matthew’s telling, Jesus is the fulfillment of the promises God has made to Noah, Sarah & Abraham, Joseph, Moses, David – all the characters we have been encountering in our story this fall and prophesied by the prophets we’re hearing from now in these weeks leading us to the Christmas revelation.  To help us along the journey from Christmas to Easter, we’ve invited New Testament Scholar, Jennifer Pietz, to help set the stage.

*Dec. 4: An introduction to the Gospel of Matthew, focusing on its unique characterization of Jesus.
(*Please note that there were some technical difficulties and a recording of this forum is not available.)
Dec. 11: A comparison of the narratives of Jesus’s birth in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke.

After serving in an adjunct role, Dr. Pietz joined the Luther Seminary faculty as an Assistant Professor of New Testament earlier this year. She says, “I am enthusiastic about my vocation of guiding people into rich engagement with Scripture. I have been blessed to live out this calling in the Luther community for the past two years and look forward to continuing to do so. When I am not teaching and writing, I enjoy outdoor activities, photography, and spending time with my family.”