The goal of this course is to gain a rich, multifaceted understanding of the Gospel of Matthew. Accordingly, we will approach Matthew from several perspectives, employing varied literary, historical, and theological approaches. We will consider Matthew in its ancient literary context, comparing Matthew's narrative techniques with comparable ancient texts and traditions. We will also study 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