* Writing with depth and clarity, New Testament scholar Harrington provides a section-by-section literal translation of the Gospel accompanied by an examination of textual and philological difficulties; literary structure; Jewish backgrounds and first-century debates; and significance for Christian theology and Christian-Jewish relations. Ideal for pastors and seminary students. Includes helpful indexes and extensive bibliography. 433 pages, softcover from Liturgical Press.
Presented by an international team of Catholic biblical scholars, Sacra Pagina is a fresh series of translations and expositions of the books of the New Testament. The volumes provide basic information as well as sound, critical analysis in a highly readable manner -- yet remain sensitive to religious meaning. Each author has adopted a specific methodology while focusing on the issues raised by the New Testament compositions themselves. The expression "Sacra Pagina" ("Sacred Page") refers to the text of Scripture. In the Middle Ages it also described the study of Scripture to which the interpreter brought the tools of grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, and philosophy. Thus, Sacra Pagina encompasses both the text and the act of interpretation.
The "very soul of sacred theology" (Dei Verbum 24). That's how the Second Vatican Council described the study of the "sacred page". These volumes open up the riches of the New Testament and invite all Christians to study seriously the "sacred page".
Matthew wrote his Gospel from his perspective as a Jew. It is with sensitivity to this perspective that Father Harrington undertakes this commentary on the Gospel of Matthew.
Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, is professor of New Testament at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He has a doctorate in biblical languages and literatures from Harvard University. A past president of the Catholic Biblical Association, he has written many books on the Old and New Testament, including the New Collegeville Bible Commentary on The Letter to the Hebrews (Liturgical Press, 2006).
The book is written with Harrington’s usual depth and clarity, and will be a boon for pastors and catechists, those training for ministry, and graduate students of the Bible.
Catholic Library World
This resource is very valuable in reading and understanding the Gospel of Matthew.
Saint Mary’s Press
This is a balanced, well-informed, centrist commentary, with which the reviewer usually agrees and which he can heartily recommend.
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