Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Discuss, with exegetical support and consideration of secondary scholarship, the different theories on the narrative structure of the Gospel of Matthew.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the issues involved in the question of the background setting and socio-religious context of the Gospel of Matthew, particularly in the relationship between Matthew and the Matthean community and Judaism.
- Critically interpret key aspects of Matthew’s Gospel, including the question of authorship and Matthew’s relationship to the Gospel of Mark.
- Provide a critically informed account of the core theological themes of the Gospel, including its Christology, its view of the church, its apocalyptic focus, its approach to the Law, and its emphasis on mission.
- Explore the relevance of Matthew’s theological perspective to the context of the contemporary church today.
* recommended for purchase
Boring, M. Eugene, ‘The Gospel of Matthew: Introduction, Commentary, and Reflections’. In L. Keck (ed.), The New Interpreter’s Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 1995), 8:87-505.
* Byrne, B. Lifting the Burden. Reading Matthew’s Gospel in the Church Today. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2004.
* Davies, W.D. & Allison, D.C. The Gospel According to Saint Matthew. 3 vols.; ICC; Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1988-1997.
France, R.T. The Gospel of Matthew. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
* Hagner, D. Matthew. 2 vols; Dallas: Word Books, 1993, 1995.
Levine, A.-J. with M. Blickenstaff (ed.), A Feminist Companion to Matthew. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2001.
Keener, Craig S., A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. Grand Rapids/Cambridge: Eerdmans, 1999.
Luz, U. Matthew: A Commentary. 3 vols.; Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1989, 2001-2007.
Nolland, J. The Gospel of Matthew: A Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.
Talbert, C.H. Matthew. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2010.