Having devoted the past ten years of his life to research for this major new work, John Nolland gives us a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew that engages with a notable range of Matthean scholarship and offers fresh interpretations of the dominant Gospel in the history of the church.
Without neglecting the Gospel's sources or historical background, Nolland places his central focus on the content and method of Matthew's story. His work explores Matthew's narrative technique and the inner logic of the unfolding text, giving full weight to the Jewish character of the book and its differences from Mark's presentation of parallel material. While finding it unlikely that the apostle Matthew himself composed the book, Nolland does argue that Matthew's Gospel reflects the historical ministry of Jesus with considerable accuracy, and he brings to the table new evidence for an early date of composition.
Including accurate translations based on the latest Greek text, detailed verse-by-verse comments, thorough bibliographies for each section, and an array of insightful critical approaches, Nolland's Gospel of Matthew will stimulate students, preachers, and scholars seeking to understand more fully Matthew's presentation of the gospel narrative.
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Firstly, I'd like to answer a sharp criticism by one previous reviewer on the this commentary since they criticized this work for the very reasons of why it was initially produced. This tome has previously been criticized by a reviewer as being somehow way too extensive and meticulous in its notes on the Greek. Why is this such an issue? To be honest, there are barely enough commentaries that touch upon the Greek so extensively as this one.To criticize this text for being elaborous upon details of Greek is to ignore the fact that there already is a massive market of watered down commentaries that do not, and if so, VERY superficially, touch upon Greek. This is not one of those commentaries that merely spoon feeds you the meaning of the text, as most commentaries do, thereby replacing the Holy Spirit INSTEAD of merely being an aid to The Spirit. This is a text, due to it's meticulous grinding on the Greek, can be used by the Holy Spirit to get you to think deeply about what you are...
There are many good things about this commentary. Nolland has a huge bibliography for anyone interested in further reading and research on Matthew. He provides a good deal of historical background that is helpful to understanding Matthew. But, the most beneficial part of the commentary to me was the literary structures (mainly the chiastic structures) that he would point out that seem to pervade Matthew. The book as a whole seems to be chiastic:
A. Introduction B. First Discouse (Sermon on the Mount) C. Teaching/Healing D. Second Discourse E. Teaching/Healing F. Third Discourse (Parables) E'. Teaching/Healing D'. Fourth Discourse C'. Teaching/Healing B'. Fifth Discourse (Olivet Discourse) A'. Conclusion
This can be scrutinized, of course, but generally it seems to work.
The one big detraction of the book was the text, source, and redaction critical approach that it seemed to...
This hefty and rather expensive commentary on the Gospel of Matthew definitely has its merits, but it also manifests some of the same shortcomings one finds in other modern commentaries on the First Gospel.
On the positive side, the reader will note immediately that Nolland's treatment of the Greek text is indeed thorough and masterful. His book is an up-to-date resource that takes into account all the textual and lexical study that has enriched our understanding of Matthew over the past 75 years. Furthermore, because Nolland pays close attention to the sequence of thought within the gospel, a reader seeking to understand how a particular passage relates to its wider context will find this commentary very helpful.
A conservative or traditionalist reader, however, will be disappointed with this book on two counts. First, Nolland's assumption of Markan priority among the Gospels -- and of Matthew's literary dependence on Mark -- sometimes mars his exegesis of...
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