I'm certainly not a scholar on the subject, Kathy, but I studied The Old Testament in grade school. It covers a longer period of time than The New Testament and there are a few chapters in the first five books that were rewritten at a later time and appear twice. Maybe that makes it a bit confusing and out of order. Even then, my teachers introduced Isaiah to us as a prophetic and allegorical book. The verses in Isaiah have always fascinated me.
We never studied The New Testament, but I read that on my own. I always felt that The Gospel of Matthew presented Jesus as a bit of a "radical' compared to the other gospels. In this 1964 Italian movie, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, Jesus often appeared angry and detached...
That is interesting; I had no idea there was a movie on the Gospel of Matthew. I'm in a rush right now but will definitely watch the clip you posted.
I should probably just jump in and start reading....Not reading for fear of feeling stupid is just false pride.