Picking up where their first volume of Matthew left off, W. D. Davies and Dale C. Allison, Jr. cover chapters 8-18 of the first gospel.
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“As it stands in Matthew the story of the feeding of the five thousand is above all about the compassionate Jesus and his supernatural ability to meet the lack of those in physical need.” (Page 480)
“The normal state of humanity is ignorance of God’s eschatological secrets. Human beings as human beings do not know the truth about the kingdom of heaven. If therefore some have come to know that truth, it can only be because of God’s gracious dealings with them.” (Page 389)
“Regardless of how one understand’s Mark’s troublesome ἵνα,76 Matthew’s ὅτι makes the parables a response to unbelief: they are uttered because people see and do not see, because they hear and do not hear. This puts the emphasis unambiguously on human responsibility. More particularly, it makes the parables a consequence of the unbelief that has withstood Jesus’ gracious teaching and salvific ministry (see Mt 8–12). For Matthew, Jesus did not speak in parables to outsiders until hostility raised its ugly head.” (Page 392)
“It seems best to take our clue from Mark’s text: ‘Who is able to forgive sins but God alone?’ (cf. Isa 43:25; Dan. 9:9). In Mark and, we may think, in Matthew, Jesus has taken to himself a divine prerogative. He has made himself out to be more than an intermediary. He has acted not as a channel of forgiveness but as its source (cf. Jn 10:33).” (Page 91)
“One should reckon with possible influence from Isa 19:2, which is alluded to in 24:7 = Mk 13:8: ‘they will fight, every man against his brother and every man against his neighbour, city against city, kingdom against kingdom’.” (Page 186)
A magnificent commentary on Mathew that students, pastors and scholars will want to add to their libraries. It offers the best exegetical, hermeneutical, critical, textual, literary and historical commentary, based on the Greek text that is yet available. Because of the quality of its scholarship and the many references and quotes about it in many other commentaries and theological texts, I fully recommend this commentary.
The most thorough commentary on the Greek text of Matthew...
W. D. Davies: Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Emeritus Professor of Christian Origins, Duke University.
Dale C. Allison: Research Scholar, Saint Paul School of Theology.
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