Matthew’s Gospel is the first document in the New Testament—a suitable location, considering some scholars’ opinions (for example, Theodor Zahn and Ernest Renan) that it is the preeminent piece of literature in antiquity. What sort of book is it? Who is its author, and why did he write it? What historical, literary, and theological contexts influence it? This two-volume set from the Mentor Commentary series answers these questions and more.
Matthew’s Gospel also tells a story of Jesus, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Accordingly, it gives attention to characters, plot lines, conflicts, and resolutions, but it also points readers to the Savior of the world. Knox Chamblin’s two-volume investigation of the text of this Gospel is comprehensive, including extensive notes, outlines, and scriptural cross-references.
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- Contains discussion of important textual, literary, and philological questions
- Provides an introduction to the style, structure, composition, and authorship of Matthew
- Includes background studies on the literary traditions
- Discusses exegetical and interpretive issues
- Offers an introduction to the historical and cultural setting of the book
Praise for the Print Edition
This thoughtful and thorough commentary on the First Gospel comes from a scholar who has obviously spent many years at the feet of Matthew the teacher, and even more importantly, at the feet of the one to whom Matthew bears witness.
—Jonathan T. Pennington, assistant professor of New Testament interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
My head hurts when I think of how Knox Chamblin weighed and worried over every Greek word or phrase in every sentence of Matthew’s Gospel and then has pulled it all together into a lucid and connected whole. And my heart is grateful for a commentary like this—that is thorough (he simply ‘milks’ the text), clear (both in its organization and in his positions), and ‘pushy’ (in driving us to worship). Chamblin clearly wants me to understand Matthew and to stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene. Knox Chamblin is in vintage form here: relentlessly nailing us to the text and always wobbling on the edge of doxology.
—Dale Ralph Davis, pastor, Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, MS
- Title: Mentor Commentary: Matthew
- Author: Knox Chamblin
- Series: Mentor Commentary
- Publisher: Christian Focus
- Volumes: 2
- Pages: 1,600
About Knox Chamblin
Knox Chamblin was ordained to the gospel ministry in 1971. He did graduate work at Cambridge University, and received his ThD from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia in 1977. He taught for 34 years in Jackson, Mississippi, first at Belhaven College, then at Reformed Theological Seminary until retirement in 2001. He is author of Paul & the Self: Apostolic Teaching for Personal Wholeness.