Designed for pastors, students, and Bible teachers, the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament examines the biblical text in its original context. Written by scholars who carefully attend to and build their interpretation on grammatical detail, literary context, rhetorical flow, theological nuance, and historical setting in their interpretation, the ZECNT series is ideal for the task of exegesis and constructing expository sermons. Analysis of the text is also aided by graphic representations of discourse analysis and an exegetical outline.
Critical scholarship informs each step, but does not dominate the commentary and is only used as a tool to draw out meaning from the text. This allows readers to concentrate on the message of the biblical text as it unfolds. While primarily designed for those with a basic knowledge of biblical Greek (one full year at least), all who strive to understand and teach the New Testament will find this series beneficial.
The following focused sections help readers understand the text:
Literary Context: Explains how each passage functions within the book
Main Idea: Summarizes the central message of the passage
Translation in Graphic Layout: Presents a translation through a diagram that helps readers visualize the flow of thought within the text
Exegetical Outline: Gives the overall structure of the passage
Explanation of the Text: Provides interpretive insights into the background and meaning of the text
Theology in Application: Discusses how the message of the text fits within the book itself and in a broader biblical-theological context, suggesting applications for the church today.
It is too often assumed that the Gospels can and should be taught without respect to their unique genre. This is, of course, a false assumption as genre directly contributes to the intention of the message as well as informing its content at every turn. In Matthew Grant Osborne recognizes this reality and begins his commentary by discussing how Matthew should be approached and taught.
Following this discussion Osborne moves through the text with the expert precision we would expect of a scholar whose reputation as a hermeneutician is at least equal to his reputation as a NT scholar. Osborne is direct, lucid, and to the point and provides an exemplary model for the series as a whole in attaining its goals (see above) in each section of Matthew. As such, Osborne's text, like others in the series, is a more of a tool for interaction with the text than a commentary, though Osborne is never shy about his conclusions as they have been reached on the basis of the text.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 1152 Vendor: Zondervan Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.25 X 7.38 (inches) ISBN: 0310243572 ISBN-13: 9780310243571 Availability: In Stock
Written by notable evangelical scholars, each volume in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series treats the literary context and structure of the passage in the original Greek. The series consistently provides the main point, an exegetical outline, verse-by-verse commentary, and theology in application in each section of every commentary. Critical scholarship informs each step but does not dominate the commentary, allowing readers to concentrate on the biblical author's message as it unfolds. While primarily designed for those with a basic knowledge of biblical Greek, all who strive to understand and teach the New Testament will find these books beneficial. The ZECNT series covers the entire New Testament in twenty volumes; Clinton E. Arnold serves as general editor. In this volume, Grant Osborne offers pastors, students, and teachers a focused resource for reading the Gospel of Matthew. Through the use of graphic representations of translations, succinct summaries of main ideas, exegetical outlines, and other features, Osborne presents the Gospel of Matthew with precision and accuracy. Because of this series' focus on the textual structure of the scriptures, readers will better understand the literary elements of Matthew, comprehend the author's revolutionary goals, and ultimately discovering their vital claims upon the church today.
Clinton E. Arnold (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in LaMirada, California.
Grant R. Osborne (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1977. His areas of expertise include the Gospels, hermeneutics, and the book of Revelation. His numerous publications include The Hermeneutical Spiral and commentaries on Revelation, Romans, John, and Matthew.