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This book is the third in a planned 40-volume commentary series by Brazos Press, which is attempting to revive the early church's tradition of having theologians, rather than professional biblical scholars, interpret scripture. What's nice to see is that the individual commentators have been allowed to retain their own voices in this series; Hauerwas is as delightfully irascible and hard-hitting as ever, suggesting, for example, that the parable of the sower "helps us to read the situation of the church in America as Jesus' judgment on that church." Believing that "Matthew's gospel is…an ongoing exercise to help us see the world through Christ," Hauerwas attends to the Gospel chapter by chapter, teasing out theological themes while resisting the temptation to create a systematic Christology. He draws on theologians like Barth, Augustine, Origen and especially Bonhoeffer, whom he quotes and paraphrases often, as well as New Testament scholars and eclectic writers like Wendell Berry. Insightful and provocative, Hauerwas adds a valuable theological perspective to the Gospel of Matthew. (Jan.)
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'There will be those who find this commentary a breath of fresh air. There is certainly much to challenge and inspire Christian readers.' Biblical Literature, November 2007 --This text refers to the Print on Demand edition.See all Editorial Reviews
This book has been so helpful to me in studying Matthew. Dr. Hauerwas doesn't go off on wild tangents or try to appease interest groups on social issues. I trust his expertise.Published 9 days ago by Carol F. Wilson
Terrific if you like fiction! Joseph Atwill totally debunked the gospels. They are Roman-Flavian creations.Published 25 days ago by John de Angelo
There are more detailed reviews of Hauerwas's theological commentary on Matthew on this page. Mine is simple. Read morePublished 6 months ago by albarino
Fantastic commentary. I use it for my studies for youth group on Wed. nights.Published 11 months ago by Tim Darst
I am a fan of Hauerwas. His approach to the Sermon on the Mount is rather unique, which prompted me to order a copy for my fellow Pastor.Published 19 months ago by Clifford Smith
Haurwas' commentary consistently not only elaborates and unpacks Matthew's gospel but it truly speaks to me in a devotional manner. Read morePublished on August 31, 2011 by Craig Stephans
I have so many Biblical commentaries and they all say the same thing. They are all based on historical-critical approach, which is fine for teaching a Bible study, but I find... Read morePublished on March 11, 2011 by HTC
The book arrived in good condition and on time. The jury is still out on Hauerwas on this particular book for it seems to be a vastly different opinion than previous works.Published on May 17, 2009 by GodsAmbassador
The first thing one must do to truly appreciate this work is to recognize that it is not just a "commentary," but a "theological commentary. Read morePublished on January 11, 2009 by Florida Dad