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Matthew: A Commentary, vol. 1

, 2007
ISBN: 9780802845061


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Recognized as a masterly commentary when it first appeared, Frederick Dale Bruner's study of Matthew is now available as a greatly revised and expanded two-volume work -- the result of seven years of careful refinement, enrichment, and updating.

Through this commentary, crafted especially for teachers, pastors, and Bible students, Bruner aims "to help God's people love what Matthew's Gospel says." Bruner's work is at once broadly historical and deeply theological. It is historical in drawing extensively on great church teachers through the centuries and on the classical Christian creeds and confessions. It is theological in that it unpacks the doctrines in each passage, chapter, and section of the Gospel. Consciously attempting to bridge past and present, Bruner asks both what Matthew's Gospel said to its first hearers and what it says to readers today. As a result, his commentary is profoundly relevant to contemporary congregations and to those who guide them.

Bruner's commentary is replete with lively, verse by verse discussion of Matthew's text. While each chapter expounds a specific topic or doctrine, the book's format consists of a vivid, original translation of the text followed by faithful exegesis and critical analysis, a survey of historical commentary on the text, and current applications of the text or theme under study. In this revision Bruner continues to draw on the best in modern scholarship -- including recent work by W. D. Davies and Dale C. Allison Jr., by Ulrich Luz, and by many others -- adding new voices to the reading of Matthew. At the same time he cites the classic commentaries of Chrysostom, Jerome, Augustine, Luther, Calvin, Bengel, and the rest, who, like Bruner himself, were not simply doctrinal teachers but also careful exegetes of Scripture. Such breadth and depth of learning assure that Bruner's Matthew will remain, as a reviewer for Interpretation wrote, "the most dog-eared commentary on the shelf."

Volume 1 of Bruner's commentary is called The Christbook because the first twelve chapters of Matthew are focused on the nature and work of Christ. As Bruner proceeds through these chapters, he shows how Matthew presents, step by step, central themes of Christology: Jesus' coming (chapters 1–4), his teaching (5–7), his miracles (8–9), his sermon on mission (10), and his person (11–12). Throughout the book there are also thoughtful discussions of significant topics such as baptism, marriage, Jewish-Christian relations, and heaven and hell.

Eminently readable, rich in biblical insight, and ecumenical in tone, Bruner's two-volume commentary on Matthew now stands among the best in the field.

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  • Draws on the writings of great teacher throughout church history
  • Unpacks the theological content of each passage in Matthew
  • Focuses on the first 12 chapters of Matthew’s gospel
  • Title: Matthew: A Commentary, Volume 1: The Christbook, Matthew 1–12
  • Author: Frederick Dale Bruner
  • Edition: Revised and Expanded Edition
  • Series: Matthew: A Commentary
  • Volume: 1
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2007
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 652
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. Matthew 1-12 › Commentaries
  • ISBN: 9780802845061
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T04:31:59Z

Frederick Dale Bruner serves on the adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary, and is George and Lyda Wasson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Whitworth University, where he taught from 1975 to 1997. His other books include The Gospel of John: A Commentary and Matthew: A Commentary, Volume 1 and Volume 2.


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  1. Ken McClurkin

    Ken McClurkin


  2. greypilgrim



    I have the print edition and it is super. I once heard Eugene Peterson say "This is how commentaries should be written."

  3. Peter Wise

    Peter Wise


    Some helpful material, but beware that there is also false teaching in these books regarding a second way of salvation for those who have not heard. Bruner holds that they will be saved per Matt. 25 (Judgment of the Nations) by doing good works. I found his discussion of this subject disturbing, and have thus lowered my rating of Bruner's commentaries on Matthew.

  4. Glenn Crouch

    Glenn Crouch


    This is a superb commentary on the Gospel of Matthew (well the first half of the Gospel, I'll now move on to Vol 2), and one of the things I like most is that it is a readable commentary - not all commentaries feel "comfortable" reading them from cover-to-cover, but I think there is much value in doing so with this one. The Author has a strong liking for Luther and Calvin, as well as for many in Church History, and refers frequently to both contemporary and ancient authors on Matthew. As a Lutheran Pastor, I found this to be a great commentary for preaching and developing Bible studies. It is not aimed at an intense examination of the Greek Text - though the underlying Greek is not ignored - so if you are after a more scholastic volume than this probably is not for you. However, if you want a commentary that seeks out what Matthew is all about, and how it fits in with rest of the New Testament (not just the other Synoptics) then this is a good one! I especially like that the Author frequently compares Matthew to Paul and John (and to Peter, James and even Hebrews) - and I he often clearly shows a complementary nature to the passages. He does clearly point out difficult passages, and is not afraid to point out where he changed his mind from when the 1st Edition came out - I like that sort of honesty. After I finish the 2nd Volume, I plan to move on to his commentary on John and see what else he has published :)

  5. Peter Wise

    Peter Wise


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