The Gospel of Matthew: New International Commentary on the New Testament [NICNT]
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France's masterful The Gospel of Matthew [NICNT] focuses on exegesis of Matthew's text as it stands rather than on the prehistory of the ("Q") material or details of the Synoptic problem. The exegesis of each section is part of a planned literary whole supplemented, rather than controlled, by verse-by-verse commentary, allowing the text as a complete story to come into brilliant focus and integrity.

Rather than being a "commentary on commentaries," The Gospel of Matthew [NICNT] 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, especially by frequently drawing on the distinctive culture of Galilee and the social dynamics of Roman occupied Israel.

The provided English translations of the Matthean text are France's own, and provide the basis for the commentary. This adept translation uses contemporary idioms and, where necessary, gives priority to clarity over literary elegance. Amid the wide array of Matthew commentaries available today, France's world-class stature, clear focus on Matthew's Jesus, his careful methodology, and his user-friendly style, promise to make this volume an enduring standard.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 1152
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 9.75 X 6.50 X 2.25 (inches)
ISBN: 080282501X
ISBN-13: 9780802825018
Series: NICNT

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"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.

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R. T. France (1938-2012) was Hon. Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales, Bangor. His other books include Jesus and the Old Testament, The Evidence for Jesus, and Matthew: Evangelist and Teach

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  1. The Geeky Calvinist
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Needed Commentary
    January 23, 2018
    The Geeky Calvinist
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Gospel of Matthew is an New Testament commentary, written by R.T. France and published by Eerdmands. Commentaries on the Gospel of Matthew can be either highly critical or devotional in nature. I therefore was pleasantly surprised when I read Frances work and found it to be more or less on the conservative side while still engaging with high criticism scholarship. It has been a long time since a scholarly mostly conservative work has been published on the Gospel of Matthew and France did not disappoint, weighing in at just over 1200 pages.

    This commentary is a newer edition of the famous New International Commentary on the New Testament Series, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume not only continues this legacy, but truly propels it to new heights. This volume is one of the most articulate and practical commentaries on the one of the books of history which is usually bogged down by from criticism and or long discussions on genocide. Yet while France does answer these critical issues, something he does flawlessly by the way, he interacts with critical scholarship in a way most conservative commentators dont. From this it is easy to see why France is a highly regarded scholar and superior exegete.

    The Gospel of Matthew has two main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by a insightful exegetical commentaries on the Gospel of Matthew. With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of the book and how they relate to the Bible as a whole. This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different methodical approaches to study of this book France takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. He does not use his own translation of the Greek text, yet this is not common in the NICNT series as a whole. I do wish though that there was more application to some of the more difficult passages.

    While I disagree with France on a few minor issues with regard to New Testament date of writing, the arguments he makes are sound I just adhere to a earlier date of composition. One are I did greatly enjoy is France discussion of the eight I am statements.

    France is innovate in his interpretation and application while staying stalwart in his commitment to orthodoxy. In the vein of recommending, The Gospel of Matthew, to others I would recommend this commentary to pastors and scholars, yet I would highly recommend pastors, such as myself, to pair this scholarly commentary with one that is one that has more of a pastoral tone. There are many commentaries about Gospel of Matthew available at this moment but The Gospel of Matthew of the New International Commentary on the New Testament series is a very scholarly works worthy of your time.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from Eerdmans in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

    The Gospel of Matthew: New International Commentary on the New Testament

    2007 by R. T. France

    Publisher: Eerdmans

    Page Count: 1233 Pages

    ISBN: 978-0802825018
  2. Mario A
    Austin, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is an excellent commentary
    February 21, 2011
    Mario A
    Austin, TX
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Though I am just a layman, I believe this is an excellent commentary, it is very readable, and helps me understand the true meaning of the Greek behind the English translation. CBD was true to their word, I first ordered John, and they exchanged it for Matthew with no questions asked within the 30 day time frame. Great commentary, great price, and great service.
  3. Allan
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A little to early too really tell
    December 3, 2010
    Allan
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    It's a little early to be providing a review haven't actually been through enough of it yet, but CBD sent me an e-mail to remind me of giving a review. With that said, from what little time I've had with it, it seems to be a scholarly commentary on Matthew. If CBD wouldn't want a review in a 2 week or less time frame I might have been able provide a bit more.

    Their delivery time was consistent with previous past orders I've made. No complaint with the book or delivery time.
  4. DaddyLuke
    Kitimat, BC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Good resource, well worth the money.
    November 18, 2010
    DaddyLuke
    Kitimat, BC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book is a very readable study of the Gospel of Matthew. I like the overall discussion of each pericope before the detailed exegesis of each verse. I also appreciate the discussion that goes on in the footnotes. This book is very helpful in placing the text in a coherent context, that allows sermon preparation to be be both fruitful and theologically sound.
  5. c.j.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 4, 2010
    c.j.
    This commentary on Matthew by France combinesscholarship and readability. France highlightsscholarship when needed and his flow ofthought in this commentary in lucid. Nottoo light...not too heavy, this commentary onMatthew is very informative without beingcumbersome to the reader...a perfect blend!
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