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The Explanation by Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Ochrid and Bulgaria, of the Holy Gospel According to Saint Matthew
Translated from the original Greek by Fr. Christopher Stade
Volume 1 of Blessed Theophylact’s Explanation of the New Testament
“For nine hundred years one of the most beloved and widely read Scriptural commentaries among the Orthodox people of Byzantium, Serbia, Bulgaria, Russia, and Greece has been Bl. Theophylact’s Explanation of the Holy Gospel and Epistles. The comprehensiveness, the patristic authority, and, at the same time, the simplicity of this great work makes it of value to any Christian seeking to understand the meaning of the Gospel preaching.”
The Life of the Evangelist Matthew According to Sophronius
Preface by Blessed Theophylact
The Explanation of the Holy Gospel According to St. Matthew
Concerning the genealogy of Christ.
Concerning the Magi and the slaying of the children.
John was the first to preach the kingdom of heaven.
Concerning the temptation of Christ.
Concerning the calling of Peter, Andrew, and the sons of Zebedee.
On the beatitudes.
On not quarreling with one’s neighbor.
On not committing adultery. On not divorcing one’s wife.
On not swearing at all. On enduring insults and resisting the evil one. On loving one’s enemies.
On almsgiving, prayer, and fasting.
On disdaining the things of this world.
On not judging anyone. On asking and seeking.
Concerning the need to beware of false prophets.
Concerning the leper. Concerning the centurion.
Concerning Peter’s mother-in-law.
Concerning those healed of various diseases.
Concerning the man not permitted to follow Christ.
Concerning the rebuking of the waters.
Concerning those possessed of demons, from whom the demons were cast out and entered the herd of swine.
Concerning the paralytic. Concerning Matthew.
Concerning the Saviour eating with the publicans.
Concerning the daughter of the ruler of the synagogue.
Concerning the woman with a hemorrhage.
Concerning the two blind men.
Concerning the possessed and mute man.
Concerning the instruction of the apostles.
Concerning those sent by John.
Concerning the disciples when they plucked grain on the sabbath.
Concerning the man with the withered hand.
Concerning the blind and dumb demoniac.
Concerning those who asked for a sign.
Concerning the Mother and brothers of Christ.
Concerning the parables of the sower and of the kingdom of heaven.
Concerning John and Herod.
Concerning the five loaves and the two fish.
Concerning Jesus’ walking on the water.
Concerning the transgression of the commandment of God on account of the tradition of men.
Concerning the Canaanite woman.
Concerning the multitudes who were healed.
Concerning the seven loaves.
Concerning the leaven of the Pharisees.
Concerning the questioning in Caesarea.
Concerning the rebuking of Peter who objected that Christ would suffer.
Concerning Christ’s Transfiguration.
Concerning the lunatic.
Concerning the two-drachma piece.
Concerning those who said, Who is the greatest?
On not causing temptation.
Concerning the parable of the hundred sheep.
On admonishing one’s neighbor.
Concerning the power to bind and to loose.
Concerning the man who owed ten thousand talents.
Concerning those who asked whether it is lawful to divorce one’s wife.
Concerning the rich man who questioned Jesus.
Concerning the hired laborers.
Concerning the sons of Zebedee.
Concerning the two blind men.
Concerning the ass and the colt.
Concerning the halt and the blind.
Concerning the withered fig tree.
Concerning the chief priests and elders who questioned the Lord.
Concerning the parable of the two sons.
Concerning the vineyard.
Concerning those invited to the wedding.
Concerning those who asked about the tribute.
Concerning the Sadducees.
Concerning the lawyer who questioned.
Concerning the questions asked by the Lord.
Concerning the woe of the Pharisees.
Concerning the day and the hour of the end of the world.
Concerning the ten virgins.
Concerning those who received the talents.
Concerning the coming of Christ.
Concerning the Lord’s anointing with myrrh.
Concerning the Pascha.
Concerning the Mystical Supper.
Concerning the betrayal of Christ.
Concerning Peter’s denial.
Concerning Pilate the governor.
Concerning Judas’ regret.
Concerning the scourging, the punishments, and the crucifixion of Christ.
Concerning the request for the Lord’s Body, and those who guarded the tomb.
Concerning the Lord’s Resurrection.
Concerning the guards at the tomb, witnesses of the Resurrection.
Concerning Christ’s appearance to the apostles and women in Galilee.
Index of Hebrew names
Item Number: BKCP601
Publication Data: House Springs, MO: Chrysostom Press, 2006
Number of Pages: viii + 260
Dimensions (l × w × h): 22.8 cm × 15.4 cm × 1.8 cm
Additional Information: black-and-white illustrations
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