A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

by Craig S. Keener
     
 

This commentary on Matthew offers a unique interpretive approach that focuses on the socio-historical context of the Gospel and the nature of Matthew’s exhortation to his first-century Christian audience.

By merging a careful study of Matthew’s Gospel in relation to the social context of the ancient Mediterranean world with a detailed look at what we know of

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This commentary on Matthew offers a unique interpretive approach that focuses on the socio-historical context of the Gospel and the nature of Matthew’s exhortation to his first-century Christian audience.

By merging a careful study of Matthew’s Gospel in relation to the social context of the ancient Mediterranean world with a detailed look at what we know of first-century Jewish-Christian relations, Craig Keener uncovers significant insights into the Gospel not found in any other Matthew commentary.

In addition, Keener’s commentary is a useful discipleship manual for the church. His approach recaptures the full "shock effect" of Jesus’ teachings in their original context and allows Matthew to make his point with greater narrative artistry. Keener also brings home the total impact of Matthew’s message, including its clear portrait of Jesus and its call for discipleship, both to the Gospel’s ancient readers and to believers today.

Thoroughly researched, the book includes a 150-page bibliography of secondary sources, and more than 150 pages of indexes.

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Editorial Reviews

CBA Marketplace
"A thorough commentary. Keener meticulously works his way through the Gospel dealing with important themes that emerge along the way. In the process, he provides a wealth of insight into life in Jesus' day and what Matthew's Gospel meant to the earliest readers.... Biblical scholars and well-schooled pastors will find it a valuable addition to their library."
Church Libraries
An impressive commentary on Matthew.... While scholarly, it is at the same time readable and understandable. Especially helpful to those who want to broaden their research are the extensive and thorough footnotes. This is an excellent major commentary on the first Gospel, one I recommend to pastors and students.
The Bible Today
This is a substantial new commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, one well worth its weight.... An extensive introductory section takes up the usual issues of background, and then Keener unfolds his clearly written and balanced assessment of each passage in the Gospel.
Theology Today
Craig Keener's commentary on Matthew brings his breath-taking acquaintance with the ancient literature of the first century to illuminate the First Gospel. The jacket blurb rightly boasts that this book offers a unique catalogue of references to Hellenistic and Judaic literature. Keener's remarkable capacity to associate these texts to the Gospel makes this work valuable for the references alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802838216
Publisher:
Eerdmans Pub Co
Publication date:
07/01/1999
Pages:
1040
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.50(h) x 2.60(d)

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