The Gospel of Matthew is pre-eminently a Jewish Gospel, written to address Jewish concerns and customs, and to recount the story of Jesus from a Jewish perspective. In his chapter-by-chapter analysis of the book, Ironside shows that readers of Matthew must bear in mind the dominant metaphors of kingdom in order to understand the life of Christ from a Jewish perspective, and to understand the Gospel in our own era.
Harry Allen Ironside, one of the twentieth century’s greatest preachers, was born in Toronto, Canada on October 14, 1876. Though his education stopped with grammar school, his fondness for reading and a retentive memory put his learning to use. His scholarship was recognized in academic circles when he received honorary degrees from Wheaton College and Bob Jones University and was invited as frequent lecturer at Dallas Theological Seminary. Dr. Ironside was appointed to the boards of numerous Bible institutes, seminaries, and Christian organizations. He also served as director of the Africa Inland Mission. Ironside preached widely throughout the United States and abroad. He served as pastor of Moody Memorial Church from 1930 to 1948, and during his lifetime, he preached more than 7,000 sermons to over 1.25 million listeners.