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 addresses issues that are of continuing relevance for the life and mission of the church.

Unit Code: BN3109T

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Online

Proposing College: Trinity College Theological School

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Learning Outcomes


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 understanding of discipleship, its apocalyptic focus, the role of women, and the emphasis on the cross and suffering.


Explore the relevance of Matthew’s theological perspective to the context of the contemporary church today.

Unit sequence

An introductory unit in NT


6 fortnightly sessions online. Each session consists of the teacher's multi-media lessons augmented by the set texts, online forums and tasks.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Exegetical Essay

2,000 word exegetical essay

0 40.0

2,000 word thematic essay

0 40.0

Online tutorial engagement across 6 forums (equivalent to 1,000 words)

0 2.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 12 Nov, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-04 08:50:01 +1100