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D H You
4 Stars Out Of 5
Excellent technical commentary
August 22, 2014
D H You
Nolland's redaction criticism approach is evident throughout the verse by verse commentary, with numerous parallelisms drawn with Mark and Luke. The result is a highly technical commentary that closely traces the flow of Matthew's thought and use of sources. A bit lengthy and wordy at times and can get caught up in the details, the organization and structure of commentary could be better. Great as a supplement for exegesis and detailed study of the text of Matthew but better off looking at another less technical and more pastoral commentary like Carson, Blomberg, Morris or Osborne to get at the meaning and application of the text.
I do not know of any scholars around today who do not recommend this book as far as an in depth study of Matthew goes.If your wondering if its buyable I would like to say it is a worthy buy for this great Gospel.
The previous review should be rethought because while his comments may be true, regarding too much time for a preacher, this set is not advertised nor intended as a preachers' commentary. With that in mind, it is excellent when considering it is and was intended as a scholar/exegetical commentary.
What this commentary lacks in substance, it makes up in volume. Even with 1600 pages, Nolland has given us very little helpful information. For example, in his discussion on 3:10, Nolland spends an entire paragraph on the lack of firewood in palestine.It is obvious that Eerdmans has no real consideration of the limits of a pastor's time or budget (this commentary retails for $80). A very poor choice for anyone interested in more than trivial matters.