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.

Unit Code: BN9120C

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: New Testament

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning Outcomes


Critique 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 and Luke.


Create well-structured arguments from analytical examination of 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 contemporary insights for society and the church today.


Communicate deliberated conclusions from research of scholarly debate on interpretive issues in the Gospel of Matthew


Produce critical biblical research in the Gospel of Matthew.

Unit sequence

BS8001C and BS8002C or equivalent Students enrolled in the unit for Master’s research degree are required to demonstrate proficiency in the appropriate biblical language(s).


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 (%)

Option 1: 1,000-word Report (essay plan and bibliography) 10% Week 6 outcome 6 6,000-word essay 90% Week 14 outcomes 1-6

or Option 2: 2,000-word tutorial paper 20% Week 6 outcomes 1-5 2500-word exegetical essay 40% Week 10 outcomes 1-6 2,500-word essay 40% Week 16 outcomes 1-6

or Option 3: 2,500-word tutorial paper 20% Week 6 outcomes 1-5 4,500-word essay 80% Week 16 outcomes 1-6

7000 100.0

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

Unit Record last updated: 2019-09-11 14:31:09 +1000