Tax Collector to Gospel Writer: Patristic Traditions about the Evangelist Matthew

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5.98 X 8.9 X 0.87 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Michael J. Kok is New Testament Lecturer and Dean of Students at Morling College, Australian College of Theology. He earned a B.A. in Religion and Theology with a specialization in Biblical Studies at Taylor University College, an M.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Alberta, and a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of The Gospel on the Margins: The Reception of Mark in the Second Century (Fortress, 2015).


"Michael Kok takes readers through a fascinating piece of detective work as he seeks to answer the question of why a presumably initially untitled gospel came to be associated with the name of Matthew as its author. In exploring this question, no relevant stone is left unturned as Kok reevaluates the clues left by writers of early Christian texts, along with evidence from gospel manuscripts. The result is a highly engaging investigation and explanation of how this unnamed gospel subsequently became the Gospel of Matthew." --Paul Foster, University of Edinburgh

"Nothing can be the last word because scholarship never stands still. But if you want the best word so far, this is your book: a meticulous, well-informed, and creative contribution on an important, truly fascinating question: How did Matthew become the author of Matthew?" --Dale C. Allison Jr., Princeton Theological Seminary

"Already an established authority on the early reception of the Gospel of Mark, Michael J. Kok turns his attention to the contested authorship and reception of the Gospel of Matthew in From Tax Collector to Gospel Writer. With a thorough command of the wide-ranging primary sources and the latest scholarship, Kok tells a detailed and engaging story of how the canonical Gospel of Matthew and the apocryphal Gospel of the Hebrews came to be attributed to Matthew the tax collector. Told with erudition and aplomb, Kok's fascinating and informative study is essential reading for anyone interested in gospel origins and their reception." --Stephen C Carlson, Australian Catholic University