Though we find the Gospel of Matthew first in the New Testament, many scholars believe that the Gospel of Mark is older. Matthew then is often seen as an expansion of Mark, incorporating most of the content of Mark while also adding sections that contain the teachings of Jesus, such as the Sermon on the Mount, and stories about the birth and infancy of Jesus. The phrase "This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet" appears sixteen times in the Gospel of Matthew, suggesting an emphasis on fulfilling the Law and the Prophets and implying that a Jewish audience may have been the first hearers of this Gospel. For them then and for us today, the Gospel of Matthew presents Jesus as one who is "God with us" even until the end of time.
Insightful devotions and commentary on the New Testament
Wisdom and biblical knowledge from well-loved theologian William Barclay
Title: The New Daily Study Bible: The Gospel of Matthew, Volume 1
Author: William Barclay
Series: The New Daily Study Bible: New Testament (DSB)
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2001
About William Barclay
William Barclay (1907-1978) was a world-renowned New Testament interpreter and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at Glasgow University in Scotland. Having written more than fifty books, he is probably best known as the author of The Daily Study Bible series.
William Barclay (5 December 1907–24 January 1978) was an author, radio and television presenter, Church of Scotland minister, and Professor of Divinity and Biblical Criticism at the University of Glasgow.