Ever question what may have been meant by the statement, "You are Peter and on this rock"? Are you puzzled by the cursing of the fig tree by Jesus or by his comments about moving mountains? William Barclay discusses these and many other interesting matters in this second volume of the Gospel of Matthew. Readers will profit by the depth of scholarship, the honesty of appraisal, and the grace of style with which Dr. Barclay deals with difficult topics such as marriage and divorce or the danger of riches. With a lively translation and engaging commentary, Barclay's comments on the latter portion of Matthew's Gospel are great for daily readings.
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.
“3) There are the hearers who have so many interests in life that often the most important things get crowded out.” (Page 71)
“The way to know God is not by mental search, but by giving attention to Jesus Christ, for in him we see what God is like.” (Page 18)
“Apart from anything else, it describes the only occasion on which Jesus was ever outside of Jewish territory. The supreme significance of the passage is that it foreshadows the going out of the gospel to the whole world; it shows us the beginning of the end of all the barriers.” (Page 140)
“The most Christlike people in the world are those who never find other people a nuisance.” (Page 194)
“But in New Testament times, it was the technical name for something which was unintelligible to the outsider but crystal clear to anyone who had been initiated.” (Page 75)