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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Religion & Culture / Religious Studies


Faculty of Arts

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Not applicable

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The book of St. Matthew has long been regarded as one of the most interesting and perhaps illuminating gospels of the New Testament. Its place at the head of the canon symbolizes the regard in which it was held by the ancient Church. The Church attempted to give special authority to the most important of its gospels by ascribing it to a disciple and eyewitness. Hence, it has come down to us as the primary synoptic gospel.

My particular interest in St. Matthew centres on a major issue in Matthean studies: is Matthew a Jewish-Christian or a Gentile-Christian gospel? Of all the gospels, Matthew has been called the most conservatively Jewish and yet, other New Testament scholars point out its gentile bias.

The purpose of this paper then, is to investigate the authorship and text of St. Matthew in an effort to establish the religious bias of its writer.

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