Gospel of Matthew: Matthew's Infancy Narrative. Matthew patterns: Citing Hebrew Scriptures to show fulfillment; Jesus as a "new Moses". Matthew's audience - Jewish/Jewish-Christian. Jesus in the River/Jesus in the Desert - from Baptism to the Temptations. Temptation in human experience - opportunities for self-awareness and growth.
Appreciation and understanding of Matthew's approach to presenting Jesus' life. Knowledge of Matthew's target audience. Understanding of Jesus' initiation (baptism) and his experience of temptation. Understanding of the meaning and challenge of temptations in human experience.