1st semester: Thursday evening                                                                         (Min. No. 8)

 

CONTENT

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).

PREREQUISITES: Level 2: BA1020 and BN1020 or equivalent; Level 3: BA1020, BN1020 plus 30 points in Biblical Studies at second Level

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

Level 2

  1. identify and interpret Matthew’s redaction of Mark’s Gospel and other traditions
  2. discuss the context in which this theology arose
  3. describe the distinctive theology of Matthew
  4. exegete specified texts making use of appropriate methodologies
  5. evaluate the significance of the material that is unique to Matthew.

Level 3

  1. identify and interpret Matthew’s redaction of Mark’s Gospel and other traditions
  2. discuss and evaluate the context in which this theology arose
  3. appraise the distinctive theology of Matthew
  4. exegete specified texts applying appropriate methodologies
  5. identify the material unique to Matthew’s Gospel and demonstrate a critical appreciation of the ways in which these materials have been incorporated

ASSESSMENT

Level 2: 2000 word essay (40%); 2500 word essay (60%)

Level 3: 2500 word essay (50%); 2500 word essay (50%)

 

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. ICC. Vol. 1, 2 and 3. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1988-1997.

France, Richard T. The Gospel of Matthew. NICNT. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2007.

Hagner, Donald. Matthew 1-13. WBC 33a. Dallas, TX: Word Books, 1993.

———. Matthew 14-28. WBC 33b. Dallas, TX: Word Books, 1995.

Harrington, Daniel J. The Gospel of Matthew. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.

Luz, Ulrich. Matthew 1-7: A Commentary. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2007.

Nolland, John. The Gospel of Matthew: A Commentary on the Greek Text. NIGTC. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2005.

Schnackenburg, Rudolf. The Gospel of Matthew. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002.

Senior, Donald. Matthew. Nashville, TN: Abingdon, 1998.

 

Lecturer: CHRISTOPHER MONAGHAN CP