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CT2/3/9002S

The Gospel of Matthew: Past and present interpretations and their significance for Christian faith

Also offered as: CT2/3/9702S

Elective unit for postgraduate

Content:

This unit is an introduction to the Gospel of Matthew: the literary and theological character of Matthew’s narrative with detailed study of selected theological themes that elucidate Matthew’s distinctive gospel story, giving specific attention to: Christology and eschatology, discipleship and ethics, community and mission. Particular attention will be given to the role of Matthew in Christian theology and hermeneutics, historical and contemporary, and its significance for shaping Christian faith, community and mission.

Learning Outcomes: 

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

  1. articulate distinctive features of the literary and theological character of Matthew;
  2. demonstrate understanding of interpretations of Matthew and their significance for Christian faith, community and mission;
  3. develop and demonstrate skills in narrative analysis of the Matthean themes;
  4. recognize the value and use of historical expressions of the role of Matthew in Christian theology and hermeneutics
  5. display evidence of primary research skills for theological and hermeneutical engagement with Matthean themes. (3rd level)

Postgraduate

  1. articulate the value and use of historical expressions of the role of Matthew in Christian theology and hermeneutics
  2. exhibit evidence of advanced research skills for theological and hermeneutical engagement with Matthean themes.

 

Pre-requisites: Second level: Introduction to Theology and Interpreting the New Testament

Third level: 30 points in Systematic Theology and 15 points in Biblical Studies

Faculty: Stephen Curkpatrick

Offered:  Face to face and online

Assessment:

2nd Level

Four 500 word document studies 50%
Two 1200 word essays 50%

3rd Level

Four 600 word document studies 50%
One 2,250 word essay 50%

Postgraduate

Four 750 word text & document studies 50%
One 3,000 word essay 50%

Recommended Reading:

* = set texts recommended for purchase

Aune. D E (ed.) The Gospel of Matthew in current study, Grand Rapids MI / Cambridge UK: Eerdmans, 2001.

Braaten, CE & Jenson RW eds. Biblical & Theological Perspectives on Eschatology, Grand Rapids & Cambridge: Eerdmans,  2002.

*Byrne, B Lifting the Burden: Reading Matthew’s Gospel in the Church Today. Strathfield: St Pauls, 2004.

Carter, W Matthew: storyteller, interpreter, evangelist, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996

Crosby, M Spirituality of the Beatitudes: Matthew’s Vision for the Church in an Unjust World, Maryknoll: Orbis, 2005.

Foster, P Community, Law and Mission in Matthew’s Gospel, WUNT 177. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004.

*Hauerwas, S Matthew: SCM Theological Commentary on the Bible, London: SCM, 2006.

Luz, U Studies in Matthew trans. Rosemary Selle, Grand Rapids, MI/Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 2005.

McGrath, A Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution, New York: HarperOne, 2007.

Pelikan, J Divine Rhetoric: The Sermon on the Mount as Message and as Model in Augustine, Chrysostom and Luther, New York: St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2000.

Schnackenburg, R The Gospel of Matthew, trans. R.R. Barr, Grand Rapids & Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2002.

Stanton, GH A gospel for a new people. Studies in Matthew, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1992.