The Gospel of Matthew has been the Church’s favorite gospel since the beginning. It comes first in every (or nearly every) ancient list of New Testament books. It is quoted by the ancient church fathers more than any other gospel. It contains more of Jesus’ actual teaching than the other gospels. We just love the Gospel of Matthew! And, since I’ll be teaching through the Gospel of Matthew early next year, I want to point you to some resources that will help you to grow in your own understanding as you read this amazing book. I’ve read and own more books on the Gospel of Matthew than any other biblical book (upwards of 40). But I want to cut through the clutter and give you 5 of the best—and shortest—resources you can find. Oh, and by the way, none of the should cost you more than $15-$20, especially if you get them used or as E-books.
This commentary follows a five-fold structure in Matthew, based around the five long teaching segments (for example, the Sermon on the Mount is the first of the five). In around 300 pages, Mounce will guide you verse-by-verse through the text and alert you to some of the issues that experts wrestle with to gain a better understanding of the first gospel.
David Garland is one of my favorite commentators on any biblical book. In this volume he does a wonderful job of capturing the book’s major themes and highlights the story of Matthew’s gospel. Rather than going verse-by-verse, Garland works section by section. This is not a bad thing. It allows the ‘big picture’ of Matthew to remain in focus without getting bogged down in tiny details. I like this short-ish commentary!
This commentary is a consistent favorite of those who study Matthew. It’s also the longest of those in the list. Blomberg gives you a little bit of everything good as he walks you verse by verse through the gospel. There’s some history, some theology, some apologetics and even some application! It’s a winner on every front.
These two little books (and they are little, about the size of a post card each) are probably my favorite of the smaller Matthew commentaries. Rather than babble on, I’ll just repeat what the publisher has said because it’s simply true: “Tom Wright’s eye-opening comments on the Gospel of Matthew and what it might mean for us are combined, passage-by-passage, with his fresh translation of the Bible text. Making use of his true scholar’s understanding, yet writing in an approachable and anecdotal style, Wright captures the urgency and excitement of Matthew’s Gospel in a way few writers have.” Get this one if you can and read it carefully!
This is the shortest of all the books I’ve suggested, but if anyone is able to condense the magnitude of Gospel of Matthew into a few short pages, it’s Don Carson. Carson has written a larger, scholarly commentary on Matthew (here) and this volume pulls out some of the important themes and applications of that study. If you read only one book on Matthew as we walk through the book next year, let this be it!Share This: