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Fortress Press 1989

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Matthew’s Gospel has been cherished as “the ecclesiastical Gospel” and as “the teaching Gospel.” The only use of the word church in the four Gospels, for example, is found in Matthew, and the rhythm of the Lord’s Prayer and the organization of Jesus’ words in discourses evokes liturgical imagery. Matthew’s Gospel certainly is a treasure of the words of Jesus which are marked by stunning practicality and have proved perennially useful for ordering Christian community. But what else does the organization and substance of the Gospel of Matthew reveal?

In this commentary, Robert H. Smith examines the structure of the Gospel and the words of Jesus to uncover the meaning and purpose of Matthew. In addition to chapter-by-chapter commentary on the entire Gospel of Matthew, this volume also contains an outline of the entire book and a lengthy bibliography.

Key Features

  • Discussion of historical issues, such as authorship, dating, and location
  • Textual and literary notes
  • Bibliographies and suggestions for further reading and study
  • Scripture references linked to your Greek New Testament or English translation

Product Details

  • Title: Matthew
  • Author: Robert H. Smith
  • Editors: Roy A. Harrisville, Jack Dean Kingsbury, and Gerhard A. Krodel
  • Publisher: Augsburg
  • Series: Augsburg Commentary on the New Testament
  • Publication Date: 1989
  • Pages: 351

About Robert H. Smith

Robert H. Smith has taught at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley, California, since 1983. He also serves on the doctoral faculty of the Graduate Theological Union. Previously, he taught New Testament at Christ Seminary-Seminex in St. Louis and at Concordia Theological Seminary, also in St. Louis. Prior to teaching, he served as pastor in Chappaqua, New York.

Dr. Smith has written commentaries on the book of Acts and on the letter to the Hebrews, included in this collection. He is also the author of Easter Gospels: The Resurrection of Jesus According to the Four Evangelists and coauthor of The Lutheran Church in North American Life, 1776–1976. He edits “Preaching Helps,” a bimonthly supplement in Currents in Theology and Mission.


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