Gospel of Matthew (P/G)

Field: New Testament
Unit Code(s): BN9100T (Class based) / BN9109T (Online)
Unit value: 15 points
Level: Postgraduate Elective
Delivery mode: Face-to face and Online
Prerequisites: 30 points of NT study

This unit provides an in-depth study of the Gospel of Matthew. The primary focus is on the narrative shape and the core theological themes which make this Gospel unique. Attention will be paid to Matthew’s use of his sources, including the Old Testament Scriptures. It will also explore the issue of authorship and examine the community out of which the Gospel arose. The unit will consider the ways in which this Gospel address issues that are of continuing relevance for the life and mission of the church.

Learning Outcomes:

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.

Class based:

  • Exegetical Essay of 3,000 words (50%)
  • Thematic Essay of 3,000 words (50%)


  • Exegetical Essay of 2,500 words (40%)
  • Thematic Essay of 2,500 words (40%)
  • Tutorial engagement across 6 forums, equivalent of 1,000 words (20%)
Recommended Reading:

* 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.

 Lecturer: The Revd Professor Dorothy Lee
 Timetable: Offered in 2016 in Semester 2 only