In this first volume of Matthew, W. D. Davies and Dale C. Allison, Jr. cover chapters 1-7 of the first gospel.
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“The parable of the unforgiving servant, Mt 18:23–35 (M), is especially instructive for understanding the present verse; it is indeed the parabolic equivalent of 6:12; and its conclusion makes plain Matthew’s conviction that ‘if you do not forgive your brother from your heart’, God will not forgive you. The meaning of this is not that forgiveness can be earned (cf. Lk 7:41–2; 17:10). The point has to do not with deserts but with desire: God’s forgiveness, although it cannot be merited, must be received, and it cannot be received by those without the will to forgive others.” (Pages 610–611)
“Most modern commentators see the undescribed12 and mysterious magi as representatives of the best wisdom of the Gentile world, its spiritual elite: and while the Jewish leaders reject their Messiah, the Gentiles from outside the Land of Israel are anxious to greet him (cf. Augustine in PL 38, col. 1035).” (Page 228)
“Jesus must have been born shortly before this, probably between 7 and 4 b.c. Matthew’s concern, however, is not with chronology. Herod matters for two reasons. First, in his attempt to slaughter the Messiah he is like the Pharaoh of Jewish tradition, who sought to kill the first redeemer, Moses. Secondly, Herod, although he could boast no royal genealogy, was a king, and our evangelist is interested in contrasting his rule and kingdom with the rule and kingdom of Jesus the Davidic Messiah.” (Page 227)
“In the biblical tradition, the heart (= lēb, lēbāb) is the real or true self, the psyche at its deepest level; it is the seat of emotions (Deut. 28:47; Prov 27:11; Isa 35:4; Acts 14:17), volition (Prov 6:18; Jer 3:17; 23:20; Dan 1:8), and the intellect (Gen 27:41; Judg 5:16; T. Gad. 5:3; 1QH 4:21; Mk 2:6; m. Ber. 2:1), as well as the internal sphere in which the divinity is encountered (Ps 27:8; Eph 3:17). See further on 6:21.” (Page 456)
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Dale C. Allison, Jr., (PhD, Duke University) is the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA, and the author of many books, including Constructing Jesus: Memory, Imagination, and History and the International Critical Commentary volume, James.
W. D. (William David) Davies (D.D., University of Wales) was Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Christian Origins, Duke University.