The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew

Synopsis

"It is a special pleasure to introduce R T (Dick) France's commentary to the pastoral and scholarly community, who should find it a truly exceptional - and helpful - volume." So says Gordon Fee in his preface to this work. France's masterful commentary on Matthew focuses on exegesis of Matthew's text as it stands rather than on the prehistory of the material or details of Synoptic comparison. It is concerned throughout with what Matthew himself meant to convey about Jesus and how he set about doing so within the cultural and historical context of first-century Palestine. Amid the wide array of Matthew commentaries available today, France's world-class stature, his clear focus on Matthew and Jesus, his careful methodology, and his user-friendly style promise to make this volume an enduring standard for years to come.

Excerpt

It is a special threefold pleasure to introduce R. T. (Dick) France’s commentary on Matthew to the pastoral and scholarly community, who should find it a truly exceptional — and helpful — volume. As the first matter, and as promised in my preface to Phil Towner’s commentary on Timothy and Titus a couple of years ago, this is the first of the final two volumes that will complete the original nicnt series (we await now only 2 Peter and Jude). But more importantly, second, this volume, by a scholar who has devoted much of his academic life to the Synoptic Gospels, and especially to the Gospel of Matthew, makes a very significant contribution to Matthean studies. Thus we have here the mature reflections on Matthew of one who made such study an important part of his academic life.

The third reason for delight is a personal one. Although Dr. France and I had known each other for a number of years, we were brought together in a special way in 1990 as members of the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT), the committee responsible for the New International Version (NIV) of the Scriptures. the committee was being convened to do a thorough review of the niv, and some new faces were around the table, including mine and Dick’s — he as a member of the British committee. So for sixteen years we have worked closely with the biblical text on a committee that has met annually and finally produced Today’s New International Version (TNIV). So it was in a kind of moment of desperation, after having an nicnt Matthew commentary contract returned to me by a second (very capable) younger scholar, that I one day turned personally to Dick, who was about to enter retirement, and asked him if he would like to write this commentary. Much to my surprise, but great joy, he accepted. and now four years later the entire church and academy are the beneficiaries.

Dr. France hardly needs an introduction to those who are familiar with Matthean studies, which he has been able to pursue in a fruitful way over many years, even though he and Curly have had fully busy lives in ministry . . .

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