****This commentary on the Gospel of Matthew has been meticulously reproduced from the original. It is NOT produced from an OCR copy - it is a true 100% word by word copy (English, Greek, Hebrew) of the original.The built-in table of contents includes links down to each verse in the first of the Gospels. This is the ultimate e-version of Aquinas' majestic work.****St. Thomas Aquinas' Catena Aurea is the masterpiece anthology of Patristic commentary on the Gospels and includes the work of over eighty Church Fathers.Imagine a round-table discussion of the Gospels among the supreme theologians of the Church. The Catena Aurea is very close! St. Thomas Aquinas compiled this opus from sermons and commentaries on the Gospels written by the early Church Fathers, arranging their thoughts in such a way that they form a continuous commentary on each Gospel. For each of the four Gospel writers, the Catena Aurea starts by indicating the verses to be analyzed, then taking each verse phrase-by-phrase, provides the early Fathers insights into the passage.