David Garland’s commentary provides thorough guidance through Matthew’s story of Jesus, revealing the movement of the story’s plot while highlighting Matthew’s theology. The gospel writer’s intent, besides telling the story of Jesus, is to bolster faith, convince and refute, explain present historical circumstances, to exhort, and to arm for mission. This commentary concentrates on Jesus as the Messiah, His ministry to Israel, and His passion and resurrection.
Garland's Reading Matthew is, as of the moment, probably the first commentary I would recommend to a serious undergraduate student or seminarian interested in learning what modern scholarship now does with Matthew.
—Interpretation, Dale C. Allison, Jr., Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
Garland’s commentary is a thorough, reliable, and eminently readable guide to Matthew’s Gospel. . . presented with exceptional clarity and frequently spiced with lively turns of phrase.
—Catholic Biblical Quarterly, F. Scott Spencer, Wingate College