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: BN9012Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

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


Assess the distinctive theology of Matthew compared to Mark and Luke


Exegete specified texts applying appropriate methodologies


Evaluate the significance of the material that is unique to Matthew


Demonstrate their ability to appraise, critique and synthesise both primary and secondary sources

Unit sequence

Two foundational units in Biblical Studies 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
  • 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.
  • _ _ _ Matthew 14-28. WBC 33b.Dallas, TX: Word, 1995.
  • Harrington, Daniel J. The Gospel of Matthew. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.
  • Levine, Amy-Jill (ed) A Feminist Companion to Matthew. Sheffield: Academic Press, 2001
  • 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.
  • Riches, John and David Sim (eds) The Gospel of Matthew in its Roman Imperial Context. London/NY: T&T Clark, 2005.
  • Talbert, Charles H. Matthew. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2010.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)

4500 word essay

4500 60.0

2500 word exegesis

2500 40.0

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