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Explanation of the Gospel of Matthew


Explanation of the Gospel of Matthew

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Item No. 000322

by Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid

Translated from the original Greek by Fr. Christopher Stade. 

Written 900 years ago by Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid, these commentaries distill the essence of St. John Chrysostom’s preaching—and that of other great fathers of the patristic era—many centuries before his own time. Blessed Theophylact has given us a “Bible study” of ancient and divine origin, untouched by contemporary opinions and discussions. It is in fact, timeless and has proven its value to every generation of Orthodox Christians during the past nine centuries.

Orthodox Christians have long held the New Testament commentaries of Blessed Theophylact in the highest esteem. St. Nicodemos of the Holy Mountain so valued these commentaries that he translated them into modern Greek for the Christians of his day. 

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov in his book The Arena, writes, 

While reading the Evangelists, the novice should also read The Herald; that is, the explanation of the Gospel by Blessed Theophylact, Archbishop of Bulgaria. The reading of The Herald is indispensable. It is an aid to the right understanding of the Gospel and consequently to the most exact practice of it. Moreover, the rules of the Church require that Scripture should be understood as the holy Fathers explain it, and not at all arbitrarily. By being guided in our understanding of the Gospel by the explanation of the holy Father, by the explanation received and used by the Church, we keep the tradition of holy Church.

In his Prologue entry for December 31st St. Nikolai Velimirovich writes,

“[Blessed Theophylact] wrote commentaries on the Four Gospels and on other books of the New Testa-ment. These are the finest works of their sort after St. John Chrysostom, and are read to this day with great benefit.”

About the author: Blessed Theophylact (born ca. 1050, died after 1126) was a native of Euboea; for the sake of his studies he migrated to Constantinople. There he became a deacon of Hagia Sophia and a professor of rhetoric. Between 1088 and 1092 he was appointed Archbishop of Ochrid and All Bulgaria. 


Part of a four-volume series. See also 

The Explanation of the Gospel of Mark (Item No. 005464), 

The Explanation of the Gospel of Luke (Item No. 001261),

and The Explanation of the Gospel of John (Item No. 002096).


Author: Blessed Theophylact of Ochrid

Translator: Fr. Christopher Stade

Format: Paperback

Dimensions: 6 X 9 inches

Page Length: 328 pages

Publisher: Other publisher

AFP SKU: 000322

Retail Price: $21.00