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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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.