The Gospel of Matthew


Semester 2, 2020
Tuesday 10.00am – 1.00pm
Wednesday 6.00pm – 9.00pm

This unit investigates the uniqueness of the Gospel of Matthew especially in contrast to the Gospel of Mark. It models and offers practice in biblical exegetical skills including redaction and source criticism. Students will engage the Gospel according to Matthew with regard to context, content, structure, and theological emphases in the light of current scholarship and the history of interpretation in order to enhance critical theological reflection.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 


BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent


face-to-face 3-hour weekly classes in semester 


  • one 1,000-word report (essay plan and bibliography) 10%
  • one 6,000-word essay 90%
  • one 2,000-word tutorial paper 20%
  • one 2,500-word exegetical essay 40%
  • one 2,500-word essay 40%
  • one 2,500-word tutorial paper 20%
  • one 4,500-word essay 80%


  • Aune, David E., ed. The Gospel of Matthew in Current Study: Studies in Memory of William G. Thompson SJ. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 2001.
  • Byrne, Brendan. Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew’s Gospel in the Church Today. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2004.
  • Davies, William D., and Dale C. Allison. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Gospel According to Saint Matthew. International Critical Commentary. 3 vols. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1988–97.
  • Konradt, Matthias. Israel, Church, and the Gentiles in the Gospel of Matthew. Baylor-Mohr Siebeck Studies in Early Christianity. Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014.
  • Luz, Ulrich. Matthew: A Commentary. Hermeneia: A Critical and Historical Commentary on the Bible. 3 vols. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001–07.
  • ———. The Theology of the Gospel of Matthew. Translated by J. Bradford Robinson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
  • Riches, John, and David C. Sim, eds. The Gospel of Matthew in its Roman Imperial Context. Journal for the Study of the New Testament Supplement Series 276. London: Clark International, 2005.
  • Sim, David C., and Boris Repschinski. Matthew and His Christian Contemporaries. London: T. & T. Clark, 2008.
  • Wainwright, Elaine M. Matthew: An Introduction and Study Guide: The Basileia of the Heavens is Near at Hand. T. & T. Study Guides of the New Testament 1. London: T. & T. Clark, 2017.