This detailed commentary presents the Gospel of Matthew as a counter-narrative, showing that it is a work of resistance written from and for a minority community of disciples committed to Jesus, the agent of God's saving presence. It was written and functions to shape the identity and lifestyle of the early community of Jesus' followers as an alternative community that can resist the dominant authorities both in Rome and in the synagogue. The Gospel anticipates the time when Jesus will return and establish God's reign over all, including the powers in Rome.
Breaking Matthew into five narrative blocks, Carter presents a line by line commentary, considering historical, literary, cultural and ecclesial factors present at the time of the writing. These themes, accompanied by a survey of their studies on Matthew, are outlined in his masterful introduction.
Warren Carter is professor of New Testament at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX. Beforehand, he taught for 17 years at Saint Paul School of Theology. He has published 11 books, including What Does Revelation Reveal? Unlocking the Mystery, John: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist, and written articles for Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal for the Study of the New Testament, and Catholic Biblical Quarterly. He has been co-chair of the Society of Biblical Literature section on Matthew’s Gospel and is currently co-chair of the section on Jesus traditions, Gospels, and the Roman Empire. He has been a member of the editorial board of Journal of Biblical Literature and of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly, and is currently on the editorial board of the Society of Biblical Literature Early Christian Literature Monograph Series.