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Recommended Commentaries for Matthew

September 19, 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

I will be recommending commentaries for the book of Matthew with this post. 

I realize that there are many works that deal only with the Sermon on the Mount (e.g., Stott, Lloyd-Jones, Carson, Doriani), but this list will only contain complete works on the book of Matthew.

Reading Matthew, by David Garland.  Garland’s work is formatted like a commentary, but is more of a theological exposition on the text than an exegetical work. While the volume provides many helpful insights, it does lack some depth in my opinion.

Matthew, by William Hendriksen.  Hendriksen approaches Matthew from a distinctively Reformed perspective. It is an easy commentary to read and has many redemptive-historical insights.

 

The Gospel According to Matthew, by Leon Morris.  Morris’ commentary is an easy read. He has many helpful footnotes and interacts well with the issues, but I do not think it is as helpful as the two volumes listed below.

Matthew, Vol.1 (Ch. 1-12), The Expositor's Bible Commentary

Matthew, by D. A. Carson.  Carson’s commentary is superb. Carson does an excellent job interacting with differing views, while making clear his own position. Carson also has a keen eye for redemptive-historical issues.

 

The Gospel of Matthew, by R. T. France.  This commentary is a beefed up version of his shorter Tyndale commentary on Matthew.  France’s work is going to be the most up-to-date in terms of scholarship. I have been pleasantly surprised with his biblical-theological insights.

Matthew’s Witness to Jesus Christ, by Herman Ridderbos.  I do not have this book, but hope to purchase it someday.  I have heard this is an excellent work and better than his commentary on Matthew.  If you are near a seminary library perhaps you can check it out there. 

Matthew (Baker Exegetical Commentary), by David Turner, forthcoming.  I am eagerly awaiting this commentary, which should be excellent.  This commentary is due out early 2008.

Matthew (Reformed Expository Commentary), by Daniel Doriani, forthcoming.  Should be a good commentary (more sermon in style) that pays attention to redemptive-historical issues.

Matthew (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary), by Grant Osborne, forthcoming.  I know very little of this commentary or the series, but should be helpful.

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  1. September 22, 2007 at 10:56 am

    I would add two more to your list:

    Matthew: A Commentary (2 vols), by Frederick Dale Brunner. It’s a broadly Reformed theological commentary with excellent insights and applications. When I preached through Matthew, it proved to be a treasure.

    Matthew, by John A. Broadus. This classical commentary is succinct and deals with all the most relevant exegetical questions, even though it is somewhat dated and sometimes lacking in history. In spite of those weaknesses, I found it to be a great value and always consulted it.

  2. September 22, 2007 at 10:56 am

    I misspelled Bruner’s name. It should have one “n,” not two.

  3. September 22, 2007 at 11:31 am

    One more thing… If you ever have time, I’d enjoy seeing your personal commentary recommendations for the book of Galatians. I’m preaching through it right now and have a fair number of resources already but I’m always interested in your thoughts!

  4. September 28, 2007 at 10:23 am

    I would add four more to the list: Davies-Allison (if read critically, since they are moderate to liberal), Blomberg is excellent, though somewhat brief, Nolland, and Wilkins (in NIVAC).

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