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CT2/3/9002S

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:

Undergraduate:

  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 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 narrative analysis of the Matthean themes;
  4. articulate the value and use of historical expressions of the role of Matthew in Christian theology and hermeneutics
  5. exhibit evidence of advanced research skills for theological and hermeneutical engagement with Matthean themes.

Prerequisites:

2nd Level: Introduction to Theology and Interpreting the New Testament
3rd Level: 30 points in Systematic Theology and 15 points in Biblical Studies
Postgraduate: A foundational unit in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies 

Assessment:

Undergraduate 2nd Level:
Four 500 word document studies 50%
Two 1200 word essays 50%

Undergraduate 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%


Offered:
Second semester 2018

Class time: Three hours per week for 12 weeks

Faculty: Stephen Curkpatrick


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.
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.
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.
Spinoza, B   Ethics,  intro.  Stuart Hampshire , trans.  E. M. Curley, London: Penguin, 2005.
Stanton, GH A gospel for a new people. Studies in Matthew, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 1992.