The Gospel of Matthew
Robert T. Fortna
This lively commentary, intended for a wide audience, raises as many questions about the text of Matthew as it answers. It uses the Scholars Version intended for more secular use than other versions and frequently discusses how the Greek, which is printed opposite the English, was translated, engaging the reader in the issues that arise when one turns an ancient language into vernacular American English.
Robert T. Fortna is Weyerhaeuser Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, where he taught for thirty years in the Department of Religion, serving as Chair a number of times. He became a Fellow of the Jesus Seminar in 1986, helped to draft the Scholars Version gospels and, for The Complete Gospels, co-authored the introduction and notes on the Gospel of John and wrote the commentary on the Signs Gospel. He has contributed to Profiles of Jesus (2003) and articles to both The Fourth R and to Forum. Other published articles have appeared in the Journal of Biblical Literature, New Testament Studies, and Interpretation. He has been Annual Professor at the W. F. Albright Archaeological Institute and a Visiting Scholar at the Ecumenical Institute for Advanced Theological Studies (Tantur), both in Jerusalem.