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: BN3012Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

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 and evaluate the context in which this theology arose


Appraise the distinctive theology of Matthew


Exegete specified texts applying appropriate methodologies


Identify the material unique to Matthew’s Gospel and demonstrate a critical appreciation of the ways in which these materials have been incorporated

Unit sequence

BA1000Y and BN1000Y or equivalent


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

Indicative Bibliography

  • Byrne, Brendan. Lifting the Burden; reading Matthew’s Gospel in the Church Today, Strathfield: St. Pauls, 2004 (recommended for purchase)
  • Carter, W Matthew and Empire: Initial Explorations*. Harrisburg PA: Trinity Press International, 2001.
  • 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 (%)

2500 word essay

2500 50.0
Exegetical Essay

2500 word essay

2500 50.0

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

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000