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Frank Matera retires from the Catholic University of America

May 25, 2012

This week Dr. Frank J. Matera was honored at his retirement from the Catholic University of America. Fr. Matera has served at CUA since 1988, having previously served on the faculty of St. John’s Seminary in Boston from 1982-1987. During his 45 year career as priest and scholar, Fr. Matera published 12 books and over 80 articles on topics as broad as New Testament christology, ethics, homiletics, the Synoptic Gospels, and New Testament theology. He has also been a leading interpreter of Paul, having published major commentaries on Galatians, 2 Corinthians, and Romans. He also has a forthcoming Pauline theology that I am looking to reading.

On a personal note, I first came across the work of Frank Matera when I was a third-year seminary student. In the summer of 1999 I was in St. Petersburg, Russia with an international group of students, taking an exegetical course on Galatians taught by the late Harold Hoehner. One of the requirements of the course was that we read a minimum of 500 pages in the standard commentaries on Galatians. I chose Matera’s commentary in the Sacra Pagina series and was amazed at his ability to draw out the underlying narrative of Paul’s thought while simultaneously paying attention to the nuances of the Greek text and the contours of Paul’s theological argument. It remains my favorite commentary on Galatians. Three years later I was privileged to sit under Fr. Matera in a doctoral course on 2 Corinthians while he was completing his commentary for the New Testament Library.

All who know Frank Matera recognize that he is an incredibly humble man with a gentle spirit and a great passion for the New Testament. I feel tremendously privileged to have studied under him and wish him the best in retirement!

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