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Matthew (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) (Volume 26) Paperback – March 1, 1995

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  • Series: The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries (Book 26)
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (March 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300139780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300139785
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #524,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Matthew is translated and edited by the late William Foxwell Albright, senior editor of The Anchor Bible, and by C. S. Mann, dean of the Ecumenical Institute Theology, St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore.

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35 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Timothy A. Griffy on August 8, 2001
One of the most commendable things about this installment of The Anchor Bible is the authors remembered they were writing for the general reader. In this respect, Albright and Mann have done their job well. In other areas, however, I have mixed feelings on their work on the gospel of Matthew. This review will concentrate mainly on the introductory material, since like all commentaries, this is where the authors establish the basis from which the commentary proper flows.

Albright and Mann immediately get off on the wrong foot. In their discussion on the canonicity of our four gospels, they apparently try to establish the superiority of the four gospels to justify their inclusion in the New Testament. This leads to a discussion about why noncanonical gospels are not really gospels. They conclude other apocryphal writings "were slanted to a form of belief about the person and work of Jesus which finds no expression in the pages of the New Testament" (xix).

This approach is very problematic. It puts the cart before the horse by making the canonical works an arbitrary standard to judge other claimants retroactively. It assumes a uniformity of belief of the New Testament authors that does not exist. Finally, the New Testament authors were hardly objective themselves; their portrayal of Jesus is just as slanted as any of the other gospels. As Albright and Mann point out, orthodoxy was not something that jumped up from nowhere. What we now call Christianity today was more akin to a cauldron of various Jesus movements often competing with each other. Most of these groups wrote about their ideas about Jesus. These writings influenced each other. It is from this cauldron "orthodoxy" emerged. Our four gospels were among the earliest.
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2 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Augustine on April 16, 2011
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If you believe what Griffy says about the authorship of the gospels then based on his comment you will not like the commentary. There is enough historical evidence to prove him wrong but this is not the place for a Bible conference. Matthew most likely wrote an Aramaic version, but it was translated into Greek because of the needs of the early Church. So if you agree with Griffy's comment so be it. But this is not worth three stars, more like four or five. This is for the majority of people who believe that the apostles and apostolic men wrote the gospels.
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