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  • Series: Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 2nd in a series of 17 edition (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080103602X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801036026
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

"In this exciting new commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri do an outstanding job of fulfilling the biblical vision of Vatican II. For years I have wished for an up-to-date Catholic commentary on Matthew that would unite history and theology, Scripture and tradition, Old and New Testaments, Jewish roots and Christian faith. Now we have one! This extremely readable commentary should be on the shelf of any priest, deacon, seminarian, or layperson who wants to bring out 'treasures new and old' from the pages of the First Gospel."--Brant Pitre, Notre Dame Seminary, New Orleans

"Is it possible to write a historically informed commentary on the Gospel of Matthew that does not position itself skeptically vis-à-vis the claims made in the narrative? Catholic scholars have for some time been hesitant to answer yes. In this volume, Curtis Mitch and Edward Sri invite us to meet the Jesus depicted by the evangelist Matthew--to meet him in his historical context and to meet him without fear that Matthew is leading us astray. The result is like meeting Jesus again for the first time: the Jesus whom we worship in the liturgy meets us in the Gospel as the living, breathing first-century Jew who is Emmanuel, God with us."--Matthew Levering, University of Dayton

Praise for the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture

"An ideal tool for living our faith more deeply. This extraordinary resource combines superior scholarship and a vivid, accessible style that will serve the interested layperson and the serious scholar equally well. It should be on the shelf of every committed Catholic believer. I highly recommend it."--Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Denver

"This is a landmark achievement in theological interpretation of Scripture in and for the Church. Everything about it is inviting and edifying. It is a wonderful gift to the Catholic Church and a model for the rest of us. Highly recommended for all!"--Michael J. Gorman, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore

For more information on the series, visit www.CatholicScriptureCommentary.com.

About the Author

Curtis Mitch (M.A., Franciscan University) is research fellow and trustee of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology in Steubenville, Ohio, and coauthor with Scott Hahn of the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. Edward Sri (S.T.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Rome), provost and professor of theology and Scripture at the Augustine Institute in Denver, Colorado, is a founding leader with Curtis Martin of Focus(Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and the author of several books on Scripture and the Catholic faith.

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I am learning a lot.
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It also gives parallels between OT and NT persons and deals with everyday readers' questions regarding the meaning of passages.
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Good Catholic Commentary, I use this in conjunction with Sacra Pagina .
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rich Leonardi on January 22, 2011
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Like Mary Healy's treatment of the Gospel of Mark in this series, Mitch and Sri's commentary on the Gospel of Matthew is exactly what the faithful need. The scholarship presented is first rate without being overly technical or arcane, and the prose is refreshingly lacking in the "hermeneutic of suspicion" that sometimes accompanies Catholic commentaries. In other words, the authors are appreciative of the work that's been done by exegetes and historians, but they wear their learning lightly and don't try to poke holes in the Scriptures. The text is faithful to the Magisterium and includes useful side bars on background topics. Many have asked how it compares to two other popular orthodox commentaries: the Navarre Bible and the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible. The volumes in the Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture present more of a narrative than Ignatius, and are less contemplative and more "technical" than Navarre. All three are wonderful in their approaches and complement one another. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Chapman on April 27, 2012
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I was ready to give this commentary five stars, but it has a couple of shortcomings that caused me to give it a very solid four stars. First, on the positive side: the commentary itself is generally excellent and very solidly Catholic. The sidebars, such as notes on the "Living Tradition" and "Biblical Background" are also a wonderful addition that I found enriching. Even the scriptural notations in the side margins to help you keep up with exactly where they are in the scriptures, are very helpful and a wonderful detail. That is why I was surprised to find there is no concordance in the back. Thus, the negatives are that it is a shame that such a good commentary would not provide an aid such as a detailed concordance to help you quickly locate a subject matter. Likewise, the Contents at the front of the commentary could be a little more detailed as well. The Glossary section could/should be expanded to be three times as what it is now. If those things were done, it would be the finest lay commentary from a Catholic perspective out there! That is not that much to improve upon, so hopefully the future editions will include these improvements. I definitely recommend the series of commentaries, it's just that to look things up, you have to do a bit of digging on your own.

One comment on the commentary that bothered me a bit was the authors' statement on the Martyrdom of the Holy Innocents as that it "was not of the magnitude that is sometimes imagined." That may be true as to the actual number of children slain, but I thought the comment was a bit insensitive as to the magitude of the massacre itself. These were wholly innocent infants and toddlers who were not Christian but were slaughtered because Christ came into the world - and the evil one through Herod was trying to kill him.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. Spencer on June 12, 2011
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I think this commentary is marvelous. I have gone through it, looking at its accounts of passages I have wondered about over the years, and I found that this commentary helped me understand these passages much better.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stratiotes Doxha Theon VINE VOICE on February 25, 2011
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Since one intent of this commentary series was to provide a series that was orthodox and in line with the teachings of the Church (Roman Catholic), it is not surprising that this volume is just that. As far as that goes, it is exactly what we would expect. But in this respect, I wonder about the difference between this series and the Navarre series which has similar goals.

However, I was a bit disappointed at the rather shallow adherence at times as in the question of Markan priority and Quelle. Though the question is discussed it ends with an explanation that the writers will follow church tradition without mentioning the historical texts such as Clement, Eusebius, or Augustine. We are left with the burden of proof for church tradition without a truly scholarly refutation of Markan priority. It might have been thought that such a refutation would take too much space but even a few examples of the internal comparison of the synoptics could be used to refute Markan priority - not to mention the historical evidence against it in the early church writings mentioned already. But, in light of the fact that many commentaries take Markan priority as a proven fact without challenge. The authors are at least praised for not caving in to the argument based on 'most scholars agree' approach adopted by so many other commentaries. For more on this topic, we would recommend The Gospel of Jesus: The Pastoral Relevance of the Synoptic Problem.

Even with that small oversimplification in the introduction, the remainder of the text is as solid and scholarly as most.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christina Brock on January 11, 2012
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This commentary is an excellent book to better understand Matthew. I just wanted a greater understand of the Bible, and found it hard to read between the lines (like how during mass a small paragraph leads to a 30 minute discussion). This book helps put it all in perspective, giving meaning behind the words, explain things that I would not have gotten due to the different time period it was written in, as well as tying it in with other verses in the Bible that complement the reading. It has also helped strengthen my faith since it has brought the Bible to a more understandable and approachable level for me.
The only thing I would hope to change from this commentary on the different books in the New Testament is that they expand to the Old as well!
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