In this addition to the projected eighteen-volume Paideia commentary series, leading New Testament scholar Charles Talbert examines cultural context and theological meaning in Matthew.

Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by:

• Attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs
• Showing how the text shapes ...

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In this addition to the projected eighteen-volume Paideia commentary series, leading New Testament scholar Charles Talbert examines cultural context and theological meaning in Matthew.

Paideia commentaries explore how New Testament texts form Christian readers by:

• Attending to the ancient narrative and rhetorical strategies the text employs
• Showing how the text shapes theological convictions and moral habits
• Commenting on the final, canonical form of each New Testament book
• Focusing on the cultural, literary, and theological settings of the text
• Making judicious use of photos and sidebars in a reader-friendly format

"Most commentaries rewrite earlier commentaries. The better ones, to the contrary, often go their own way. Talbert's work happily is of the latter type. It regularly offers fresh readings and new comparative materials, especially from Greco-Roman sources. This is not a tired rehashing but a welcome contribution."—Dale C. Allison Jr., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

"In this stimulating reading of Matthew's Gospel, Charles Talbert draws on his extensive learning to attend insightfully to various cultural, literary, and theological dimensions of the Gospel. Students will find his clear prose, insightful discussion, and theological reflections especially valuable. I will be adding this commentary to course bibliographies."—Warren Carter, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University

"This is a remarkable book! In brief compass, Talbert provides a fresh reading of Matthew's Gospel as a book that is grace-oriented from start to finish. His interpretations are lucid and compelling, arising from analysis of the text on its own terms and in consideration of its literary and historical contexts. Students and church leaders will value this book as either a first introduction to the Gospel of Matthew or a refresher volume that will update (and possibly correct) what they have read previously."—Mark Allan Powell, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

"With an impressive command of historical, textual, literary, cultural, and theological issues, Charles Talbert has produced a commentary on Matthew that is lucid, compelling, and eminently useful for interpretation and proclamation. In a crowded field of volumes on the First Gospel, this one stands out."—Thomas G. Long, Candler School of Theology, Emory University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801031922
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2010
  • Series: Paideia: Commentaries on the New Testament
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,447,537
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles H. Talbert (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is distinguished professor of religion at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author of many books, including Ephesians and Colossians in the Paideia series and Reading the Sermon on the Mount.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables




Introduction 3

Matthew 1:1-2:23 Birth Narratives 28

Matthew 3:1-8:1 Part 1: Jesus's Ministry Begins 49

Matthew 3:1-4:17 Narrative 1: Jesus Begins to Fulfill All Righteousness 51

Matthew 8:2-11:1 Part 2: Jesus's Authority Is Revealed 107

Matthew 8:2-9:34 Narrative 2: Jesus's Authority Is Manifest in His Mission 109

Matthew 9:35-11:1 Discourse 2: Jesus's Authority Enables Disciples' Mission 128

Matthew 11:2-13:53 Part 3: Jesus's Ministry Creates Division 141

Matthew 11:2-12:50 Narrative 3: Jesus Encounters a Divided Response 143

Matthew 13:1-53 Discourse 3: Jesus Reflects on the Divided Response 162

Matthew 13:54-19:2 Part 4: Jesus Focuses on His Disciples 177

Matthew 13:54-16:20 Narrative 4, Part 1: Jesus's Disciples Understand More 179

Matthew 16:21-17:23 Narrative 4, Part 2: Jesus's Disciples Understand Even More 201

Matthew 17:24-19:2 Discourse 4: Jesus Tells Disciples How to Relate to Insiders and Outsiders 214

Matthew 19:3-26:1a Part 5: Jesus and Judgment 229

Matthew 19:3-20:34 Narrative 5, Part 1: Jesus Teaches about Household Behavior 231

Matthew 21:1-24:2 Narrative 5, Part 2: Jesus Pronounces about Judgment in the Present 245

Matthew 24:3-26:1a Discourse 5: Jesus Teaches about Final Judgment 264

Matthew 26:1b-28:20 Passion and Resurrection Narrative 282

Bibliography 325

Subject Index 346

Index of Modern Authors 349

Index of Scripture and Ancient Sources 353

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