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BN2/3/9002S

The Gospel of Matthew: past & present interpretations & their significance for Christian faith

Elective unit for postgraduates

Content: This unit is an introduction to the Gospel of Matthew: the literary and theological character of Matthew’s narrative and its relationship to other gospels, with detailed study of selected texts that elucidate Matthew’s distinctive gospel story. A study of significant theological themes in Matthew will give 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 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 a critical understanding of interpretations of Matthew and their significance for Christian faith, community and mission;
  3. demonstrate advanced skills in exegetical and narrative analysis of the Matthean text;
  4. develop a recognition of the value and use of historical expressions of the role of Matthew in Christian theology and hermeneutics (2nd level)
  5. describe the value and use of historical expressions of the role of Matthew in Christian theology and hermeneutics (3rd level)
  6. display evidence of research skills for gospel studies in general and Matthean hermeneutics in particular (postgraduate)


Prerequisites
:

2nd Level: (BN) BN 101.15; (CH) 15 points in CH
3rd Level: (BN) 45 points in Biblical Studies with at least 30 points in New Testament; (CH) 45 points in Field C with at least 30 points in CH
postgraduate: (BN) A foundational unit in New Testament; (CH) A foundational unit in New Testament and a foundational unit in Church History

Assessment:

2nd Level:
Four 500 word text and document studies 50%
Two 1250 word essay 50%;

3rd Level:
Four 650 word text and document studies 50%
One 2,500 word essay 50%;

postgraduate:
Four 750 word text and document studies 50%
One 3,000 word essay 50%

Class time: Three hours per week for 12 weeks

Offered: in first semester 2016

Faculty: Stephen Curkpatrick

Recommended reading:

* = set texts recommended for purchase

Allison, D. C. Jr. Studies in Matthew: Interpretation past and present, Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2005.
Aune. D E (ed.) The Gospel of Matthew in current study, Grand Rapids MI / Cambridge UK: Eerdmans, 2001.
Carter, W Matthew: storyteller, interpreter, evangelist, Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 1996
Dungan, DL A History of the Synoptic Problem: The Canon, the Text, the Composition and the Interpretation of the Gospels, New York: Doubleday, 1999.
Foster, P Community, Law and Mission in Matthew’s Gospel, WUNT 177. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2004.
France, R. T. The Gospel of Matthew. The New International Commentary on the New Testament, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007.
*Hauerwas, S Matthew: SCM Theological Commentary on the Bible, London: SCM, 2006.
Luz, U The theology of the Gospel of Matthew, Cambridge: CUP, 1995.
Luz, U Studies in Matthew trans. Rosemary Selle, Grand Rapids, MI/Cambridge, UK: Eerdmans, 2005.
Luz, U Matthew in History: Interpretation, Influence and Effects, Minneapolis: Fortress, 2007.
McGrath, A Christianity’s Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution, New York: HarperOne, 2007.
Spinoza Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. trans. Samuel Shirley. Leiden: Brill, 1997.
Stanton, G H A gospel for a new people. Studies in Matthew, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1992.
Talbert, C Matthew, Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010.
Tyrrell, G Christianity at the Cross-Roads (1910), Whitefish MT: Kessinger, 2009.