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.

Unit Code: BN3120C

Points: 18.0

Unit Level: Undergraduate Level 3

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Summarise scenarios for the religious, historical and social context of the Gospel of Matthew informed by current scholarship


Evaluate the distinctiveness of the Gospel of Matthew in comparison to the Gospel of Mark.


Critically examine passages from the Gospel of Matthew using detailed exegesis and applying appropriate methods.


Reflect theologically on the key themes in the Gospel of Matthew elucidating their contemporary insights for society and the church today.


Investigate and articulate scholarly debate on interpretive issues in the Gospel of Matthew.

Unit sequence

Pre-requisite: BN2120C BS1001C and BS1002C or equivalent Pre-requisite: BN3120C Two Biblical Studies units at second level


Each three-hour class comprises 2 hours of interactive lecture and discussion and 1 hour of structured group discussion and interpretation focused on a particular text and readings.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Tutorial Paper

1,500-word tutorial paper

0 25.0
Exegetical Essay

2,500-word exegetical essay

0 55.0
Written Examination

1-hour written examination

0 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 6 Aug, 2018

Unit Record last updated: 2019-03-04 09:55:05 +1100