The goal of the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series is to clearly convey every thought contained in the Bible by presenting the message of each passage as well as an overview of other issues surrounding the text in an accessible but high-level discussion of scriptural interpretation.
The nearly 40 scholars, many of whom participated in the creation of the New Living Translation, are well-known and represent a wide spectrum of theological positions with the evangelical community.
The 11th volume of the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series, written by David L. Turner and Darrel L. Bock, includes the entire NLT text of the books of Matthew and Mark. It provides students, pastors, and laypeople with up-to-date, evangelical scholarship designed to increase their exegetical and theological knowledge.
As the first Gospel in the Christian canon and the first book of the New Testament, Matthew has attracted significant attention. It contains the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord’s Prayer, the Beatitudes and End Times parables and prophecies. It describes the nature of the kingdom of heaven, and reveals the Messiah to a Jewish audience. In his accessible commentary, David L. Turner explores the central themes of the Gospel of Matthew, along with interpretive challenges, and the relationship between Matthew and the other Synoptic Gospels. This commentary also includes a detailed outline of the Gospel and an extensive bibliography.
The Gospel of Mark contains the shortest and most succinct account of the life of Jesus. In fact, says Darrell L. Bock in the introduction to his commentary, “Mark is more a Gospel of action than of teaching.” Jesus and his disciples move from city to city, and the stories are punctuated by little more than the favorite Markan transition: “Immediately.” Yet Mark, more than any other Gospel, highlights Jesus as the suffering Son of Man, and provides rich parallels to Old Testament themes. And the end of the Gospel shows that the experience of rejection and suffering challenged even the apostle’s commitment to discipleship. Both the original and modern readers have much to learn from the Gospel of Mark and Darrell L. Bock's commentary and exposition.
With the Logos edition of the Matthew, Mark Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, you can read the commentary on the text alongside the New Living Translation, as well as the Greek text in your digital library! Perform powerful searches and word studies and click your way to Greek and Hebrew definitions. What’s more, you can also link the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary to the other commentaries in your library for quick and accurate research for scholarly projects, sermon preparation, and personal study.
An enormously helpful series for the layperson and pastor alike because it centers on the theological message of each book and ties it directly to the text. This approach has been needed for some time and will be an invaluable supplement to other commentary series.
A treasure house of insight into the biblical text. Written by some of the best scholars working today, it is an essential tool for pastors, students, church leaders, and lay people who want to understand the text and know how it relates to our lives today. Like the New Living Translation text it uses as its base, this commentary series is extremely readable.
Philip W. Comfort has studied English Literature, Greek, and New Testament at the Ohio State University and the University of South Africa. He has taught at Wheaton College, Trinity Episcopal Seminary, and Columbia International University. He currently teaches at Coastal Carolina University and is a senior editor of Bible reference at Tyndale House Publishers. Comfort is co-editor of the Life Application Bible Commentary New Testament, The Text of the Earliest New Testament Greek Manuscripts, and the Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words, available from Logos as part of the Holman Reference Collection (11 Vols.).
David L. Turner is a graduate of Cedarville University, Grace Theological Seminary, and Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati. He has been professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary since 1986 and has previously published several articles on the Gospel of Matthew.
Darrell L. Bock (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is research professor of New Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author or editor of many books, including the volumes on Luke in the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (8 Vols.) and the IVP New Testament Commentary Series (18 Vols.). He is also author of the bestselling Breaking the Da Vinci Code.
“Jesus does not contradict or abrogate the law and the prophets, but neither does he merely reaffirm them. He fulfills them or brings them to their divinely intended goal because they point to him.” (Page 85)
“The basic point of 5:17–20 is that if Jesus has come not to destroy but to fulfill the law (5:17), then the entire law is eternally valid (5:18), and the disciples must obey him as its ultimate interpreter and teach his interpretations of it (5:19) in order to have a moral uprightness that exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees and that is fitting for the Kingdom (5:20).” (Page 86)
“This seems to be the OT background of Jesus’ words, but spiritual poverty should be acknowledged by everyone, not just those who have adverse circumstances. Material prosperity should not deaden our sensitivity to our spiritual poverty. Those who realize they have nothing spiritually are the only ones who really have anything.” (Page 76)