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Publications by Frank Matera




Baker Academic, 2010

New Testament Theology: Exploring Diversity and Unity

Westminster John Knox Press, 2007



New Testament Christology

Westminster John Knox Press, 1999


New Testament Ethics: The Legacies of Jesus and Paul

Westminster John Knox Press, 1999



The Forgotten God: Perspectives in Biblical Theology: Essays in Honor of Paul J. Achtemeier on the Occasion of His Seventy-Fifth Birthday

Westminster John Knox Press, 2002



Galatians: Translation, Critical Notes, Commentary. Sacra Pagina: 9

Liturgical Press, 1992


II Corinthians. New Testament Library

 Westminster John Knox Press, 2001



Preaching Romans: Proclaiming God's Saving Grace

Liturgical Press, 2010


Strategies for Preaching Paul

Liturgical Press, 2001


Passion Narratives and Gospel Theologies: Interpreting the Synoptics through Their Passion Stories

WIPF & Stock Publishers, 2001



What are They Saying about Mark?

Paulist Press 1987



The Kingship of Jesus: Composition and Theology in Mark 15

Scholars Press, 1982


“Interpreting Mark – Some Recent Theories of Redaction Criticism.” Louvain Studies 2 (1968): 113-131.

“Matthew 27:11-24.” Interpretation 38 (1984): 55-59.

“Gospel.” “Incarnation.” “Reconciliation.” “Repentance.” “Servant.” Harper’s Bible Dictionary. P. J. Achtemeier, ed. Harpers SanFranciso, 1985.

“Preaching Paul.” Chicago Studies 24 (1985): 323-338.

“The Death of Jesus According to Luke: A Question of Sources.” The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 47 (1985): 469-485.

“Acts 10:34-43.” Interpretation 51 (1987): 62-66.

“The Passion according to Matthew, Part One: Jesus Unleashes the Passion.” The Clergy Review 62 (1987): 93-97.

“The Passion according to Matthew, Part Two: Jesus Suffers the Passion.” Priests and People (Formerly The Clergy Review) 1 (1987): 13-17.

“The Plot of Matthew’s Gospel.” The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 49 (1987): 233-253.

“`On Behalf of Others,’ ‘Cleansing,’ and ‘Return’: Johannine Images for Jesus’ Death.” Louvain Studies 13 (1988): 161-78.

“The Culmination of Paul’s Argument to the Galatians: Gal. 5.1-6.17.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 32 (1988): 79-91.

“The Prologue as the Interpretative Key to Mark’s Gospel.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 34 (1988): 3-20.

“The Incomprehension of the Disciples and Peter’s Confession (Mark 6,14-8,30).” Biblica 70 (1989): 153-172.

“Luke 22,66-71: Jesus before the Presbyterion,” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 65 (1989): 43-59. Reprinted in L´evangile de Luc/The Gospel of Luke. Frans Neirynck, ed. BETL 32; Leuven: Peeters, 1989, 517-33.

“The Ethics of the Kingdom in the Gospel of Matthew.” Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture 24 (1989): 241-250.

“Something to Say: John 20:1-18.” Interpretation 43 (1989): 402-406.

“II Peter, Jude.” Pages 353-57 in The Books of the Bible, Vol 2, The Apocrypha and The New Testament. Bernard W. Anderson, ed. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.

“Mystery and Humanity: The Jesus of Mark.” Church Spring (1989): 20-24.

“His Blood Be on Us And Our Children.” The Bible Today 27 (1989): 345-350.

“Jesus in the Gospel according to Mark: The Crucified Messiah.” Priests and People 4 (1990): 87-90.

“Luke 23,1-25: Jesus before Pilate, Herod, and Israel.” Pages 535-51 in L´evangile de Luc/The Gospel of Luke. Frans Neirynck, ed. BETL 32; Leuven: Peeters, 1989.

“Jesus before Annas: John 18, 13-14.19-24.” Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses 66 (1990): 38-55

“Responsibility for the Death of Jesus according to the Acts of the Apostles.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament. 39 (1990): 77-93.

“The Trial of Jesus: Problems and Proposals.” Interpretation 31 (1991): 5-16.

“Christ, Death of.” Pages 923-25 in Vol 1 of The Anchor Bible Dictionary. 6 Vols. David N. Freedman, ed. New York: Double Day, 1992.

“`He Saved Others: He Cannot Save Himself’: A Literary-Critical Perspective on the Markan Miracles.” Interpretation 33 (1993): 15-26.

“Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem (9:51-19:46): A Conflict with Israel.” Journal for the Study of the New Testament 51 (1993): 57-77.

“The Death of Jesus and the Cross in Paul’s Letter to the Galatians.” Louvain Studies 18 (1993): 283-96.

“Jesus through the Gospels.” The Living Light 30 (1993): 51-60.

“Moral Exhortation: The Relation between Moral Exhortation and Doctrinal Exposition in the Letter to the Hebrews.” Toronto Journal of Theology 10 (1994): 169-84.

“The Crucified Son of God: Introducing the Gospel according to Mark.” Chicago Studies 34 (1995): 6-16.

“Ethics for the Kingdom of God: The Gospel according to Mark.” Louvain Studies 20 (1995): 187-200.

“Jesus among Gentiles and Jews.” The Bible Today 34 (1996): 148-52.

“Preaching the Spirit in the Year of Luke.” Church 14 (1998): 29-32.

“Galatians, Letter to the.” Pages 476-78 in Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Edited. by David Noel Freedman. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2000.

“Galatians in Perspective: Cutting a New Path through Old Territory.” Interpretation 54 (2000): 233-45.

“Galatians and the Development of Paul’s Teaching on Justification.” Word & World 20 (2000): 239-48.

“Theologies of the Church in the New Testament.” Pages 3-21 in The Gift of the Church: A Textbook on Ecclesiology in Honor of Patrick Granfield, O.S.B. Edited by Peter Phan. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2000.

“Christ Will Come Again.” The Living Light. 37 (2001): 47-55.

“Jesus and the Law according to Matthew: Fulfilling the Law through a Greater Righteousness.” The Bible Today 39 (2001): 271-76.

“Imitating Paul in Order to Follow Christ.” The Living Light 38 (2002): 35-43.

“Don’t Forget Paul: What Preachers and Teachers Should Know.” Church 18 (2002): 11-13.

“Preaching Romans: This Summer’s Once-Every-Three-Year Opportunity.” Church 18 (2002): 50-53.

“Apostolic Suffering and Resurrection Faith: Distinguishing between Appearance and Reality (2 Cor 4,7 – 5,10). Pages 387-406 in Resurrection in the New Testament: Festschrift for Jan Lambrecht. Edited by R. Bieringer, V. Koperski & B. Lataire. Leuven: Leuven University Press.

“Mark, Gospel According to.” Pages 183-87, Vol 9, New Catholic Encyclopedia, 2nd edition. 14 volumes. Edited by Berard L. Marthaler: Detroit: Gale Press, 2003.

“To Preach as Paul Preached.” New Theology Review 16 (2003): 37-47.

“The Letter of Paul to the Galatians.” Pages 2079-88 in The New Interpreter’s Study Bible. Nashville: Abington Press, 2003.

“Joseph Jensen, O. S. B.: A Tribute to His Life and Work on the Occasion of His Eightieth Birthday.” The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66 (2004): 513-18.

“Paul and the Renewal of the Ministerial Priesthood: A Reflection on 2 Cor 2:14–7:4.” Louvain Studies 30 (2005): 49-69.

“New Testament Theology: History, Method, and Identity.” The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 67 (2005): 1-21.

“New Testament Foundations for Christian Ethics.” Pages 23-39 in Scripture as the Soul of Theology. Edited by Edward J. Mahoney. Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2005.

“Transcending Messianic Expectations: Mark and John.” Pages 201-16 in Transcending Boundaries: Contemporary Readings of the New Testament. Edited by Rekha M. Chennattu and Mary L. Coloe. Rome: LAS, 2005.

“Preaching in a Different Key: Preaching the Gospel according to Paul.” New Theology Review 18 (2005): 52-65.

“The Future of Catholic Biblical Scholarship: Balance and Proportion.” Nova et Vetera 4 (2006): 120-32.

“Christ in the Theologies of Paul and John: A Study in the Diverse Unity of New Testament Theology.” Theological Studies 67 (2006): 237-56.

“Biblical Authority and the Scandal of the Incarnation” Pages 98-105 in Engaging Biblical Authority: Perspectives on the Bible as Scripture.” Edited by William P. Brown. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2007.

“Ethics in the New Testament.” Pages 328-38, Vol 2, The New Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2007.

“Preaching Paul’s Story.” The Priest. Vol. 64, #8 (2008): 10-13.

“The Jesus of Testimony: “A Convergence of History and Theology.” Novum et Vetera 6 (2008): 491-500.

“The Theology of the Epistle to the Hebrews.” Pages 189-208 in Reading the Epistle to the Hebrews: A Resource for Students. Resources for Biblical Study 66. Edited by Eric F. Mason and Kevin B. McCruden. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.

“Living in Newness of Life: Paul’s Understanding of the Moral Life.” Pages 152-168 in Celebrating Paul: Festschrift in Honor of Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, O.P., and Joseph A. Fitzmyer S.J.. Edited by Peter Spitaler. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly Monograph Series 48. The Catholic Biblical Association of America: Washington, DC, 2011.

“Christ in the Theology of Saint Paul.” The Incarnate Word. (Forthcoming)

“Galatians.” In The Common English Study Bible. (Forthcoming)

“Conformed to the Image of God’s Own Son: The Goal of God’s Redemptive Plan according to the Pauline Epistles.”

Book Reviews

The Semiotics of the Passion Narrative Topics and Figures by Louis Marin. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 44 (1982): 516-17.

Jesus and the Transformation of Judaism by John Riches. Interpretation 1982: 91-92.

Die Stunde der Wahrheit: Untersuchungen zum Strafverfarhren gegen Jesus by August Strobel. Journal of Biblical Literature 101 (1983): 336-38.

Das Evangelium nach Markus by Josef Ernst. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 45 (1983): 686-87.

The Parables of the Wicked Tenants: An Inquiry into Parable Interpretation by Klyne Snodgrass. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 46 (1984): 592-93.

Following Jesus: Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark by Ernest Best. Interpretation 1984: 93-94.

The Old Testament in the Gospel Passion Narratives by Douglas J. Moo. Journal of Biblical Literature 104 (1985). 542-44.

Jesus Son of Man: A Fresh Examination of the Son of Man Sayings in the Gospels in the Light of Recent Research by Barnabas Lindars. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 47 (1985): 732-33.

Nachfolge und Zukunsterwartung nach Markus: Eine methodenkritische Studie by Cilliers Breytenbach. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 47 (1985): 343-44.

The Messianic Secret by Christopher Tuckett, ed.; Visionaries and Their Apocalypses by Paul D. Hanson, ed.; The Interpretation of Matthew by Graham Stanton, ed.; Theodicy in the Old Testament by James L. Crenshaw, ed. Interpretation 1985: 314-16.

Einleitung in die drei ersten Evangelien by Walter Schmithals. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 48 (1986): 758-59.

The Passion of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew by Donald Senior. Journal of Biblical Literature 106 (1987): 543-44.

Life and Death in the New Testament: The Teaching of Jesus and Paul by Xavier Léon Dufour. Cross Currents (1987): 328-30.

Unmasking the Powers: The Invisible Forces That Determine Human Existence by Walter Wink. Interpretation 41 (1987): 210-12.

The Order of the Synoptics: Why Three Synoptic Gospels? by Bernard Orchard and Harold Riley. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 50 (1988): 339-40.

Die Krisis des Gottessohnes: Die Gethsemaneerzählung als Schüssel der Markuspassion by Reinhard Feldmeier. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 50 (1988): 315-16.

Mark: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary by C. S. Mann. Interpretation 42 (1988): 193-96.

Harper’s Bible Commentary by James Luther Mays, ed. Theology Today 46 (1989): 212-14.

Johannine Faith and Liberating Community by David Rensberger. Theological Studies (1989): 791-93.

Binding the Strong Man: A Political Reading of Mark’s Story of Jesus by Ched Myers. Theology Today (1989): 354.

The Cry on The Cross: A Biblical and Theological Study by Gérard Rossé. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 51 (1989): 381-82.

The Cross That Spoke: The Origin of the Passion Narrative by John Dominic Crossin. Worship 63 (1989): 269-70.

Biblical Preaching on the Death of Jesus by William A. Bearslee, et al. Theology Today 47 (1990): 226.

Slow to Understand: The Disciples in Synoptic Perspective by Bertram L. Melbourne. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 52 (1990): 759-60.

The Death of Jesus by Joel B. Green. Interpretation 44 (1990): 206-07.

The Catholic Study Bible ed. by. Donald Senior. The National Catholic Reporter. Feb 2, 1990: 27.

Paul and the Legacies of Paul by William S. Babcock, ed.. The Catholic Historical Review (1991): 492.

Sowing the Gospel: Mark’s World in Literary-Historical Perspective by Mary Ann Tolbert. Interpretation 45 (1991): 186-87.

The Gospels in Context: Social and Political History in the Synoptic Tradition by Gerd Theissen. Theological Studies (1992): 548-50.

Q-Thomas Reader by John Kloppenborg et al. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 54 (1992): 394-95.

Galatians by Richard Longenecker. Journal of Biblical Literature 112 (1993): 730-32.

The Way of the Lord: Christological Exegesis of the Old Testament in the Gospel of Mark by Joel Marcus. Theology Today (1993): 490-91.

Mark’s Account of Peter’s Denial of Jesus: A History of Its Interpretation by Robert W. Herron, Jr.. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 55 (1993): 370-71.

The Death of the Messiah: From Gethsemane to the Grave by Raymond E. Brown. Theological Studies (1994): 739-41.

The Gospel of Mark as Model for Action: A Reader-Response Commentary by John Paul Heil. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 56 (1994): 139-40.

The Cultic Motif in the Spirituality of the Book of Hebrews by Darrell J. Pursiful. Toronto Journal of Theology 11 (1995): 252-53.

The Epistle to the Galatians by James D. G. Dunn. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 57 (1995): 175-76.

The Origins of Christian Morality by Wayne A. Meeks. Bible Review 9 (1995): 13-14.

The Truth of the Gospel (Galatians 1:1-4:11) by Jan Lambrecht, ed. Louvain Studies 20 (1995): 426-27.

Who Are The People of God? Early Christian Models of Community by Howard Clark Kee. Theological Studies 57 (1996): 523-25.

Jesus in the Gospels: A Biblical Christology by Rudolf Schnackenburg. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 58 (1996): 773-74.

Not Ashamed of the Gospel: New Testament Interpretation of the Death of Christ by Morna D. Hooker. Louvain Studies 21 (1996): 289.

Paul and the Nations: The Old Testament and Jewish Background of Paul’s Mission to the Nations with Special Reference to the Destination of Galatians by James M. Scott. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 59 (1997): 398-99.

The Moral Vision of the New Testament: Community, Cross, New Creation – A Contemporary Introduction to New Testament Ethics by Richard B. Hays. Theological Studies (1997): 537-39.

Wealth as Peril and Obligation: The New Testament on Possessions by Sondra Ely Wheeler. Interpretation 51 (1997): 206-08.

Faith in God through Jesus Christ: Foundational Theology II by John Farrelly. Theology Today 55 (1998): 144.

Scripture and Ethics: Twentieth Century Portraits by Jeffrey S. Siker. Interpretation 52 (1998): 106-08.

Go And Do Likewise: Jesus and Ethics by William C. Spohn. Theological Studies 60 (1999): 542-43.

Galatians: A New Translation with Introduction and Commentary by J. Louis Martyn. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 61 (1999): 367-68.

The Religion of the Earliest Churches: Creating A Symbolic World by Gerd Theissen. Theological Studies 61 (2000): 558-59.

Blasphemy and Exaltation in Judaism and the Final Examination of Jesus: A Philogical-Historical Study of the Key Jewish Themes Impacting Mark 14:61-64 by Darrell L. Bock. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 62 (2000): 137-39.

The Heavenly Trumpet: John Chrysostom and the Art of Pauline Interpretation by Margaret M. Mitchell. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 64 (2002): 585-87.

Paul and the New Perspective: Second Thoughts on the Origin of Paul’s Gospel by Seyoon Kim. The Princeton Seminary Bulletin 22 (2002): 247-48.

Jewish Law in Gentile Churches: Halakah and the Beginning of Christian Public Ethics by Markus Bockmuehl. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 64 (2002): 369-71.

Abraham’s Divided Children: Galatians and the Politics of Faith by Pheme Perkins. The Catholic Theological Quarterly 65 (2003): 134-35.

History of New Testament Research, Vol 2: From Jonathan Edwards to Rudolf Bultmann by William Baird. Theological Studies 65 (2004): 401-02.

Jesus’ Urgent Message for Today: The Kingdom of God in Mark’s Gospel by Elliott C. Maloney. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 66 (2004): 660-61.

The Church according to the New Testament: What the Wisdom and Witness of Early Christianity Teach Us Today by Daniel J. Harrington, S. J. New Theology Review.

Who is Jesus? An Introduction to Christology by Thomas P. Rausch. Interpretation 59 (2005): 324-25.

New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel. By I. Howard Marshall. Interpretation 60 (2006): 84-86.

Salvation in the New Testament: Perspectives on Soteriology by Jan G. van der Watt, ed. Published on line by Review of Biblical Literature. 08/2006.

Resurrection: The Origin and Future of a Biblical Doctrine by James H. Charlesworth with C. D. Elledge, J. L. Crenshaw, H. Boers, and W. W. Willis, Jr. Catholic Biblical Quarterly 69 (2007): 185-86.

Marius Victorinus’ Commentary on Galatians: Introduction, Translation, and Notes by Stephen Andrew Cooper. The Scottish Journal of Theology.

Reading Paul Together: Protestant and Catholic Perspectives on Justification by David E. Aune, ed. The Catholic Historical Review 93 (2007): 871-72.

The Pre-existent Son: Recovering the Christologies of Matthew, Mark, Luke by Simon J. Gathercole. Published on line by Review of Biblical Literature.

Paul and the Creation of Christian Identity by William S. Campbell. Library of New Testament Studies 322. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 69 (2007):812-13.

Pauline Christology: An Exegetical–Theological Study by Gordon D Fee. Theological Studies 69 (2008): 192-93.

2 Corinthians. By Calvin Roetzel. 2009 Review of Biblical Literature, 412-14.

La Bonne Nouvelle du salut en Jésus-Christ. Sotériologie du Nouveau Testament: Essai du théologie biblique by Raymond Windling. Estudios Biblicos.

The Witnesses of Jesus, Paul and John. An Exploration in Biblical Theology by Larry R. Helyer. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71 (2009): 647-48.

Christ and the Judgment of God: The Limits of Divine Retribution in New Testament Thought by Stephen H. Travis. 2nd ed. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 71 (2009): 911-13.

Knowing Truth, Doing Good, Engaging New Testament Ethics by Russell Pregeant. Interpretation 63 (2009): 206-7.

Theology of the New Testament by Udo Schnelle. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly 72 (2010): 841-43.

Do We Still Need St. Paul: A Contemporary Reading of The Apostle by Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA; and Paul by Geoffrey Harris. Irish Theological Quarterly.

The Indelible Image: The Theological and Ethical Thought World of the New Testament by Ben Witherington III. Interpretation 65 (2011): 102.

1 Corinthians by Robert Scott Nash, and 2 Corinthians by Mitzi L. Minor. Interpretation. Interpretation 65 (2011): 410-12.

Persecution, Persuasion, and Power: Readiness to Withstand Hardship as a Corroboration of Legitimacy in the New Testament by James A. Kelhoffer. Estudios Biblicos. (forthcoming)

Paul’s Letter to the Romans: A Commentary by Arland J. Hultgren. Interpretation. (forthcoming)

Captive to the Word of God: Engaging the Scriptures for Contemporary Theological Reflection by Miroslav Volf. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly. (forthcoming)