This unit is an introduction to the Gospel of Matthew: the literary and theological character of Matthew's narrative with detailed study of selected theological themes that elucidate Matthew's distinctive gospel story, giving specific attention to: Christology and eschatology, discipleship and ethics, community and mission. Particular attention will be given to the role of Matthew in Christian theology and hermeneutics, historical and contemporary and its significance for shaping Christian faith, community and mission.

Unit code: BN3715S (Approved)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit discipline: New Testament

Proposing College: Stirling Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Articulate distinctive features of the literary and theological character of Matthew


Demonstrate understanding of interpretations of Matthew and their significance for Christian faith, community and mission


Develop and demonstrate skills in narrative analysis of the Matthean themes


Recognize the value and use of historical expressions of the role of Matthew in Christian theology and hermeneutics


Display evidence of primary research skills for theological and hermeneutical engagement with Matthean themes

Unit sequence

30 points in Systematic Theology and 15 points in Biblical Studies


ARK; weekly sessions

Indicative Bibliography

  • Aune. D E (ed.) The Gospel of Matthew in current study, Grand Rapids MI / Cambridge UK: Eerdmans, 2001.
    • Braaten, CE & Jenson RW eds. Biblical & Theological Perspectives on Eschatology, Grand Rapids & Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2002.
    • Byrne, B Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew’s Gospel in the Church Today. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2004. (recommended for purchase)
    • Carter, W Matthew: storyteller, interpreter, evangelist, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996
    • Crosby, M Spirituality of the Beatitudes: Matthew’s Vision for the Church in an Unjust World, Maryknoll: Orbis, 2005.
    • Foster, P Community, Law and Mission in Matthew’s Gospel, WUNT 177. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004.
    • Hauerwas, S Matthew: SCM Theological Commentary on the Bible, London: SCM, 2006. (recommended for purchase)
    • Luz, U Studies in Matthew trans. Rosemary Selle, Grand Rapids, MI/Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 2005.
    • McGrath, A Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution, New York: HarperOne, 2007.
    • Pelikan, J Divine Rhetoric: The Sermon on the Mount as Message and as Model in Augustine, Chrysostom and Luther, New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2000.
    • Schnackenburg, R The Gospel of Matthew, trans. R.R. Barr, Grand Rapids & Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2002.
    • Stanton, GH A gospel for a new people. Studies in Matthew, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1992.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Document Study

600 word document study

0 12.0
Document Study

600 word document study

0 13.0
Document Study

600 word document study

0 12.0
Document Study

600 word document study

0 13.0

2,250 word essay

0 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 1 Nov, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-03-05 15:11:02 +1100