A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew

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In this volume Craig Keener focuses on two aspects of the interpretation of Matthew. First, he analyzes the social-historical-rhetorical contexts of both Matthew and his traditions. Second, he examines the nature of Matthew's exhortations to his Christian audience pericope by pericope. Since it is impossible to reconstruct the precise social situation of Matthew, Keener casts a wider net and considers the general eastern Mediterranean, perhaps Syrian, Jewish context of Matthew. A close comparison of the issues ...
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Overview

In this volume Craig Keener focuses on two aspects of the interpretation of Matthew. First, he analyzes the social-historical-rhetorical contexts of both Matthew and his traditions. Second, he examines the nature of Matthew's exhortations to his Christian audience pericope by pericope. Since it is impossible to reconstruct the precise social situation of Matthew, Keener casts a wider net and considers the general eastern Mediterranean, perhaps Syrian, Jewish context of Matthew. A close comparison of the issues raised in the Gospel with what we know elsewhere of late first-century Jewish-Christian relations provides the basic picture of the issues faced by the Matthean community.
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"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.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780802838216
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
  • Publication date: 7/1/1999
  • Pages: 1040
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 2.60 (d)

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