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Hermeneia: Matthew 8–20: A Commentary on Matthew 8–20 (Herm)


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This is the second of a three-volume commentary on the gospel of Matthew from Europe’s leading Matthew scholar, Ulrich Luz. Volume 1, Matthew 1–7, was previously published in the Continental Commentaries series. Luz’s commentary is especially noteworthy, not only for his incisive exegesis, but also his keen eye for the importance of the history of interpretation and his attention to the relevance of the New Testament for contemporary Christian ethics. This commentary features excursuses including “Son of David,” “Matthew’s Interpretation of the Parables,” “Peter in the Gospel of Matthew,” and “Son of Man.”

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“The issue is rather that leaven is hidden in the flour but irresistibly leavens a large amount of flour.63 Thus it is with the kingdom of God. Once the ‘leaven’ is in it, an irresistible process leads to excessive fullness. In this parable the idea of ‘growth’ is more central than it is in the parable of the mustard seed; in my view its closest parallel is the parable of the seed growing by itself.” (Page 263)

“The so-called parable of the sower is not told from the perspective of the sower, who disappears after v. 3*; it is concerned with the seed or the field.” (Page 242)

“It is easier, in my judgment, to proceed from the intransitive interpretation of κατισχύω in the sense of ‘to be stronger than,’ ‘to have the upper hand.’ Then the promise of v. 18c* speaks of a comparison and not of a struggle.84 The gates of Hades as the essence of the realm of the dead that humans cannot conquer will not be stronger than the church built on the rock. That means that the church is promised ‘imperishable permanence as long as this age exists,’85 for its Lord will be with it always to the end of the age (28:20*).” (Page 364)

“Now instead of the ‘god,’ Jesus, it is the man, Peter, who wants to walk on water. Everybody knows that that is impossible, as impossible as moving mountains (cf. 17:20*). This request for something that is impossible reveals Peter’s faith, that is, his trust in the one who has all power in heaven and on earth (Matt 28:18*).42 ‘If it is you’ anticipates the doubt that will appear again in his fear on the lake.” (Page 320)

  • Title: Matthew 8–20: A Commentary on Matthew 8–20
  • Author: Ulrich Luz
  • Series: Hermeneia
  • Publisher: Fortress Press
  • Print Publication Date: 2001
  • Logos Release Date: 2006
  • Pages: 646
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Matthew › Commentaries; Bible › Commentaries--Collected works
  • Resource ID: LLS:HRMNEIA61BMT
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-10-05T16:55:32Z

Ulrich Luz was born in 1938, and he studied theology in Zürich and Göttingen under Hans Conzelmann, Eduard Schweizer, and Gerhard Ebeling. He taught at the International Christian University in Tokyo (1970–1971) and at the University of Göttingen (1972–1980), and he is now professor of New Testament Studies at the University of Bern in Switzerland. He received honorary degrees from the universities of Leipzig, Budapest, and Sibiu and served as president of the Societas Novi Testamenti Studiorum in 1998. He is the author of numerous books including Matthew in History: Interpretation, Influence, and Effects.


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