The Matthean community stands at the crossroads wrestling with how to preserve and honour their Jewish past while welcoming Gentiles into the Christian community. Matthew articulates an inclusive vision where both Jew and Gentile are welcome, and unity can be found in putting into practice the higher righteousness espoused in the Sermon on the Mount. This unit will undertake a literary, exegetical and theological study of Matthew's Gospel. Special attention will be paid to the manner in which Matthew makes use of his sources (Gospel of Mark, the Q source and special Matthean material).

Unit code: BN2012Y (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Identify and interpret Matthew’s redaction of Mark’s Gospel and other traditions


Discuss the context in which this theology arose


Describe the distinctive theology of Matthew


Exegete specified texts making use of appropriate methodologies


Evaluate the significance of the material that is unique to Matthew.

Unit sequence

BA1000Y and BN1000Y or equivalent


Lectures, readings, focus texts assigned to each week for group work, class discussions

Indicative Bibliography

  • Brown, Raymond E. The Birth of the Messiah. New York, NY: Doubleday, 1977.
  • Byrne, Brendan. Lifting the Burden; reading Matthew’s Gospel in the Church Today, Strathfield: St. Pauls, 2004 (recommended for purchase)
  • Davies, William D. and Dale C. Allison. Matthew, Vol I, II, III. ICC. Edinburgh, T. & T. Clark, 1988-97.
  • France, Richard T. The Gospel of Matthew. NICNT Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.
  • Hagner, Donald. Matthew 1-13. WBC 33a. Dallas, TX: Word, 1993. (recommended for purchase)
  • _ _ _ Matthew 14-28. WBC 33b.Dallas, TX: Word, 1995.
  • Harrington, Daniel J. The Gospel of Matthew. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.
  • Luz, Ulrich, Matthew 1-7: A Commentary Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2007.
  • _ _ _ Matthew 8-20: A Commentary. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2001.
  • _ _ _ Matthew 21-28: A Commentary. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2001.
  • Malina, Bruce J. and Richard L. Rohrbaugh, Social Science Commentary on the Synoptic Gospels. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 1992
  • Nolland, John. The Gospel of Matthew: a commentary on the Greek text. NIGTC. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005.
  • Senior, Donald. Matthew. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1998.
  • Talbert, Charles H. Matthew. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

Essay 2500 words

2500 60.0

Exegesis 2000 words

2000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 27 Sep, 2019

Unit record last updated: 2019-11-15 11:44:03 +1100