The original audience for the Gospel of Matthew included converts from Judaism who wrestled with how to be faithful to Jesus Christ under difficult circumstances in a changing world. The Gospel of Matthew became a first-aid manual for this church in the midst of a struggle.
Thomas Long identifies this first audience and its faith within the social and religious context of the day and clarifies the structure of the Gospel. Providing examples of contemporary relevance, Long helps today's reader discern the significance of this guide for faithful living in today's church.
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This is a commentary that dares to wonder what Matthew was trying to tell his audience about God, and what, in turn, that means for what we might tell our audiences about God today. I continually find myself amazed by the richness of this relatively slim little volume. Here is a book that I turn to again and again when I am getting ready to stare into the faces of a community of faith and try to tell them something about God.
—Rev. Bill Pinches, Mason First Presbyterian Church, Mason, MI
William P. Brown is one of the most popular preachers in the Presbyterian Church, as well as a premier teacher of preachers. He is Director of Congregational Resources and Geneva Press for the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation. Long is author of Hebrews (Interpretation series), The Senses of Preaching, and The Witness of Preaching, and coeditor of Preaching as a Theological Task.