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The Gospel of Matthew (Sacra Pagina Series, Vol 1) [Hardcover]

By Daniel J. Harrington (Author)
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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. After an introduction, he provides a literal translation of each section in Matthew's Gospel and explains the textual problems, philological difficulties, and other matters in the notes. He then presents a literary analysis of each text (content, form, use of sources, structure), examines the text against its Jewish background, situates it in the context of Matthew's debate with other first-century Jews, and reflects on its significance for Christian theology and Christian-Jewish relations. Includes an updated bibliography and appendix.

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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.

After an introduction, he provides a literal translation of each section in Matthew's Gospel and explains the textual problems, philological difficulties, and other matters in the notes. He then presents a literary analysis of each text (content, form, use of sources, structure). Bibliographies direct the reader to other important modern studies.

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   448
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.3" Width: 6.26" Height: 1.49"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1991
Publisher   Liturgical Press
Edition  New  
Series  Sacra Pagina  
ISBN  0814658032  
ISBN13  9780814658031  

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More About Daniel J. Harrington

Daniel J. Harrington Daniel J. Harrington, SJ, is professor of New Testament at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. He received his doctorate in biblical languages and literatures from Harvard University in 1970. He has been general editor of New Testament Abstracts since 1972 and is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America (1985 86). He is the author of more than fifty books on various aspects of biblical studies, including the recently revised Reading the Old Testament.

Daniel J. Harrington currently resides in Cambridge, in the state of Massachusetts. Daniel J. Harrington has an academic affiliation as follows - Boston College.

Daniel J. Harrington has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Collegeville Bible Commentary
  2. Comentario Biblico de Collegeville
  3. Old Testament Message

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Excellent resource.  Dec 28, 2007
Theological and academic analysis of the Gospel of Matthew. One of those vital and basic tools to have in your library for Scriptural inquiry, - to begin or to heighten understanding. But this one is useful across the board; that is, for preachers and academicians, students and professors.
Use Sacra Pagina as a Bible Study guide  Jul 19, 2007
Sacra Pagina is excellent for using in a Bible Study where the participants are experienced in biblical criticism. Sacra Pagina is well documented and contains all the references any study group might want for in-depth study of a New Testament book.
The Gospel of Matthew (Sacra Pagina Series, Vol 1)  Jun 15, 2007
I have used this text numerous times in preparing sermons and to lead discussion groups. The author does an excellent job in presenting the background of the social climate surrounding Jesus and placing it into a context of our modern times. The detail of his intrepretation is excellent. Sometimes there is more technical detail than what the average person might use, but the information can be very helpful.
An Excellent Commentary by a Top Scholar  Jan 8, 2005
I first became familiar with Daniel Harrington's commentary on Matthew's Gospel for the SACRA PAGINA series when I took a graduate class on the gospel. It was the text used for the course.I found it very informative, giving an excellent background to the gospel itself and leading to interesting class discussions. As I did exegetical work on various gospel texts, again I found the commentary helpful as a basis for research and a valuable in pointing to other sources for further study.

The commentary is set up the way that is similar to other volumes in the series. A brief introduction to the Gospel of Matthew is followed by the author's translation of the gospel text. The events of the gospel are broken into smaller units. For each smaller unit there is a line commentary which emphasizes important words and lines in the story. This is followed by an overall discussion of the text which highlights religious, historical, and social issues involved in the story. In many cases in this commentary, Harrington not only discusses the issues of the ancient world by adds how these issue can be of concern to us today.

I no longer use the book for formal research, but turn to it time and again for preparation for preaching and Bible studies groups. Here I have found the commentary most helpful. Harrington's book has scholarly value, but it is written in such a way that it highlights concerns in the text which still concern people today which gives it pastoral value as well. One small example which immediately comes to mind is Harrington's discussion of Jesus' Baptism by John. He not only points out the differences in the synoptic accounts of the events, but the possible historical difficulties and struggles within the early Church, and what the focus should be when preaching or teaching this text. At this point my copy of the book is well worn, a tribute to the many times I refer to it.

As I read some of the other reviews, I noticed that one reviewer noted that this commentary is primarily for Catholics. Since Daniel Harrington is a Jesuit priest, and the Liturgical Press is a Catholic publishing company, the work is certainly Catholic oriented, and since I am also writing from a Catholic perspective, I see this as a plus for the work. However, when I took the course on the Gospel of Matthew which was taught at a Catholic seminary, there were many in the class who were not Catholic, and they seemed to be the people who were most impressed with the scholarship. It was authentic to the Biblical text and had as its goal making scripture accessible to everyone.
A Fine Historical Overview  Apr 30, 2002
As someone just getting acquainted with the Scriptures, I found this book extraordinarily helpful. First and foremost, Harrington excels at putting Matthew in its historical context. By tracing changes within the Jewish community from Old Testament times through circa 70AD, he clearly shows how this Gospel was intended to solidify Christian identity and Scriptural validity after the destruction of the temple, when competing theologies were battling for the hearts and minds of the Jewish people. His extensive translation notes are also helpful, as they explain nuances of meaning that would go unnoticed by a lay reader using a thinly-annotated text.

Two other themes of this commentary stand out. First, Harrington takes great pains to demonstrate that Matthew is not an indictment of the Jewish race and has been totally misinterpreted by some as a call to anti-Semitism--an important message in any age. Second, he continually compares Matthew to Mark, pointing out virtually all similarities and differences. While this is interesting (and indirectly useful in understanding Mark), I'm not sure how important these distinctions are in terms of grasping the historical and theological significance of Matthew. On the other hand, presenting Matthew and Mark in this way does highlight the uniqueness of each Gospel--no doubt a worthy end in itself.


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