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Having devoted the past ten years of his life to research for this major new work, John Nolland gives us a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew that engages with a notable range of Matthean scholarship and offers fresh interpretations of the dominant Gospel in the history of the church.

Without neglecting the Gospel's sources or historical background, Nolland places his central focus on the content and method of Matthew's story. His work explores Matthew's narrative technique and the inner logic of the unfolding text, giving full weight to the Jewish character of the book and its differences from Mark's presentation of parallel material. While finding it unlikely that the apostle Matthew himself composed the book, Nolland does argue that Matthew's Gospel reflects the historical ministry of Jesus with considerable accuracy, and he brings to the table new evidence for an early date of composition.

Including accurate translations based on the latest Greek text, detailed verse-by-verse comments, thorough bibliographies for each section, and an array of insightful critical approaches, Nolland's "Gospel of Matthew" will stimulate students, preachers, and scholars seeking to understand more fully Matthew's presentation of the gospel narrative.

About the Author

John Nolland is academic dean and lecturer in New Testament studies at Trinity College, Bristol, England. An ordained minister of the Church of England, he is also the author of the three-volume Word Biblical Commentary on the Gospel of Luke.
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Product Details

  • Series: The New International Greek Testament Commentary
  • Hardcover: 1579 pages
  • Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. (November 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802823890
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802823892
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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There are many good things about this commentary. Nolland has a huge bibliography for anyone interested in further reading and research on Matthew. He provides a good deal of historical background that is helpful to understanding Matthew. But, the most beneficial part of the commentary to me was the literary structures (mainly the chiastic structures) that he would point out that seem to pervade Matthew. The book as a whole seems to be chiastic:

A. Introduction
B. First Discouse (Sermon on the Mount)
C. Teaching/Healing
D. Second Discourse
E. Teaching/Healing
F. Third Discourse (Parables)
E'. Teaching/Healing
D'. Fourth Discourse
C'. Teaching/Healing
B'. Fifth Discourse (Olivet Discourse)
A'. Conclusion

This can be scrutinized, of course, but generally it seems to work.

The one big detraction of the book was the text, source, and redaction critical approach that it seemed to take and Matthew's supposed interaction with Q. If you can get around that, then there are still some great insights that can be gleaned from this commentary.
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This hefty and rather expensive commentary on the Gospel of Matthew definitely has its merits, but it also manifests some of the same shortcomings one finds in other modern commentaries on the First Gospel.

On the positive side, the reader will note immediately that Nolland's treatment of the Greek text is indeed thorough and masterful. His book is an up-to-date resource that takes into account all the textual and lexical study that has enriched our understanding of Matthew over the past 75 years. Furthermore, because Nolland pays close attention to the sequence of thought within the gospel, a reader seeking to understand how a particular passage relates to its wider context will find this commentary very helpful.

A conservative or traditionalist reader, however, will be disappointed with this book on two counts. First, Nolland's assumption of Markan priority among the Gospels -- and of Matthew's literary dependence on Mark -- sometimes mars his exegesis of certain pericopes. The reader thus finds himself working through explanations of how Matthew altered Mark's account by rearranging material and drawing on additional sources to enrich his own telling of the story. For a preacher concerned with presenting Matthew's Gospel on its own terms, this kind of discussion is less than helpful. Second, Nolland sometimes leaves one with the impression that Matthew's depiction of Christ is perhaps more theologically instructive than historically accurate. Does the evangelist show us the "real" Jesus, or merely a "theologized" figure of his own creation? In both these respects, Nolland's book is, unfortunately, very much like the already numerous commentaries that apply the usual methods of source/redaction criticism to the First Gospel.
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John Nolland, expositor of The Gospel of Matthew in The New International Greek Testament Commentary Series (Eerdmans) has been working on this commentary for ten years. Believing that the apostle Matthew was not the author, he nevertheless holds that the portrayal of Jesus' ministry is mostly accurate and that the gospel was written prior to the destruction of the temple in 70 AD. In addition to a thorough exegesis of the Greek text, Nolland focuses on the presentation of Matthew as story.
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There is SOME good material in the 1200+ text pages of this book, but not nearly as much as one would think. The problem is that the author goes way, way overboard with the comparisons to the Gospel of Mark. Instead of merely highlighting important changes, this commentary spends hundreds of pages discussing each and every change, in each and every verse. Anyone with a Bible can see what has changed between the two gospels, so it is a waste of time and paper to describe each change in excrutiating detail. Like "Only cosmetic changes differentiate Matthew's text for the first half-verse from here to Mk. 6:35" and "In the second half of the verse Matthew again reproduces the substance .. with only minor changes". The author has totally missed the point: a reader wants the commentator to use his expert skill to select and describe IMPORTANT changes, not to mechanically document each and every word in which the gospels differ.
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