Provoking the Gospel of Matthew | A Storyteller's Commentary, Year A (Swanson)


Provoking the Gospel of Matthew, the third book in the Provoking the Gospel storytelling commentary series, spurs efforts to provoke pastoral leaders and religious educators to look for new and lively readings of Matthew, and challenges them to experiment with interpretive tools such as embodied ensemble exploration.

The book is composed of three chapters plus the author’s provocative translation of the Gospel of Matthew. An appendix identifies the location of each text in the cycle established by the Revised Common Lectionary. It also includes a companion DVD with illustrations of the process of script analysis and the performance that lies behind this way of storytelling.



Richard Swanson is professor of religion/philosophy/classics at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He received his M.Div. and Ph.D. from Luther Northwestern Theological Seminary.


Hardcover + DVD: 368 pages (7 x 10 in.)