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The Gospel of Matthew (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture) Paperback – December 1, 2010
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"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
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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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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This series of books is incredible for learning, or preparing a bible study. I would highly recommend the physical book over the kindle e-book, which is the only downside to it,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stephen Z
I intend to read study all the Gospels that use this format: cite the text, explain meaning of uncommon vocabulary and show what the ancient church thought of the phrase. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lawrence G. DeBlois
Purchased for my Bible class. It is excellent and easy to understand and thought provoking.Published 11 months ago by West. mom
this book has really helped me understand the scriptures as a whole much better. I highly recommend it.Published 12 months ago by Countklockula
Wonderfully useful commentary on Matthew. Great for understanding the gospel. Thorough without getting dry, and at the same time highly useful for preparing homilies. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chris