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 to enhance critical theological reflection.

Census Date

Tuesday 18 August 


  • second level BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent
  • third level two Biblical Studies units at second level


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


second level
  • one 1,500-word tutorial paper 30%
  • one 2,000-word exegetical essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20%
third level
  • one 1,500-word tutorial paper 30%
  • one 2,500-word exegetical essay 50%
  • one 1-hour written examination (1,000 words) 20%


  • 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.
  • Clarke, Howard W. The Gospel of Matthew and its Readers: A Historical Introduction to the First Gospel. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003.
  • 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.
  • Harrington, Daniel J. The Gospel of Matthew. Sacra Pagina 1. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1991.
  • Luz, Ulrich. Matthew: A Commentary. 3 vols. Hermeneia. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001–07.
  • ———. Studies in Matthew. Grand Rapids, MN: Eerdmans, 2005.
  • ———. 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: T. & T. Clark International, 2005.
  • Wainwright, Elaine M. Matthew: An Introduction and Study Guide: The Basileia of the Heavens is Near at Hand. T. & T. Clark Study Guides of the New Testament 1. London: T. & T. Clark, 2017.