Gospel of Matthew

Field: New Testament
Unit Code(s): BN3100T (Class based) / BN3109T (Online)
Unit value: 18 points
Level: Undergraduate (Level 3)
Delivery mode: Face-to face and Online
Prerequisites: An introductory unit in NT

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, the different theories of the narrative structure of the Gospel of Matthew
  • critically interpret key aspects of Matthew’s Gospel within its social and religious setting, 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.
  • 2,000-word exegetical essay (40%)
  • 2,000-word thematic essay (40%)
  • Tutorial exercise (CB) or tutorial engagement across 6 forums (OL), equivalent to 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.