The goal of this course is to gain a rich, multifaceted understanding of the Gospel of Matthew. Accordingly, we approach Matthew from several perspectives, employing varied literary, historical, and theological approaches. Matthew is considered in its ancient literary context, comparing the narrative techniques with comparable ancient texts and traditions. Also studied is Matthew's "effective history," considering the roles Matthean passages have played throughout history, and reflecting on the hermeneutical, ethical, and theological challenges that Matthew poses today.

Prerequisite: BX 101 or NT 101 or permission of the instructor.