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Matthew (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) Hardcover – October 23, 2010
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About the Author
Clinton E. Arnold (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Dean and Professor of New Testament at Talbot School of Theology in LaMirada, California.
Grant R. Osborne (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has been at Trinity since 1977. His areas of expertise include the Gospels, hermeneutics, and the book of Revelation. His numerous publications include The Hermeneutical Spiral and commentaries on Revelation, Romans, John, and Matthew.
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About the ZECNT
Anyone who uses Bible commentaries with any regularity knows that there are a plethora of series out there, from every imaginable viewpoint and for the whole spectrum of possible audiences (uber-Bible nerd to regular Joe/Jill). One might ask, "Why another commentary series?" Clinton Arnold answers that question in the Series Introduction: This is a series for pastors and teachers who are looking for a "commentary series based on the Greek text.Read more ›
It's my hope that this brief review will provide the reader with some basic information about the series, as well as the "Matthew" volume in particular, hoping that one will be able to make a good assessment as to whether the "Matthew" volume would be of general benefit to personal study and/or pastoral preparation.
I'm excited about the volumes in this series, as the ZECNT series is proving to be solidly evangelical, exegetically helpful, academically credible, and designed with the pastor-teacher in mind.
If grades were given out solely in terms of layout, construction, and design, the ZECNT would score very highly. This commentary is not small by any means (1154 pages), but its hardcover construction and binding are of great quality for such a sizeable book. The layout and design are clear and logical, with a very readable typeset.
Textually speaking, the commentary series, as a whole, utilizes 7 different components for the analysis of each pericope:
Each pericope is considered in light of how it functions within the book as a whole.
An incredibly helpful 1-2 sentence summary of the "big idea" of each pericope.
Translation and Graphical Layout
The commentator provides his translation of the Greek text. This part is particularly helpful for visualizing the interconnectedness and flow of the text, as each section is displayed with each clause or phrase on it's own line.Read more ›
In Matt 3:15, Osborne says that when Jesus says, "Let us do this to fulfill all righteousness," He is telling John the Baptist to baptize Him in order "to complete all that God has set out for Him to do" (Osborne 2010, under "Explanation of the Text").
Osborne sees the Sermon on the Mount as wisdom teachings mandated for all believers (Osborne 2010, under "Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount") in contrast to those who teach that these are kingdom ethics for the millennial era. Osborne interprets Matt 5:17 to mean that Jesus fulfills the Old Testament in His deeds and in His teachings (Osborne 2010, under "Explanation of the Text"). Being perfect as the Father in Heaven is perfect (Matt 5:48) means emulating the Father in all we say or do (Osborne 2010, under "Explanation of the Text").
There is also an insightful comment about Jesus driving the demons out of the men and giving them permission to enter the pigs. He says that no one would have faulted Jesus in the ancient world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good commentary. I use it primarily in sermon prepration. I own the Kindle version, which has some issues with formatting in places, but overall is still excellent.Published 5 months ago by Matthew D. Williams
This is the best laid out commentary series I have ever seen. The outlines and theological portions are extremely helpful. Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Christian Sanich
I am using it now. While reviewing other views on a pericope, Osborne does not fill the text with too much rebuttal but succinctly places such in footnotes. Read morePublished on March 16, 2013 by Dan Shepherd
The Gospel of Matthew has a certain importance since it is the first canonical book of the New Testament and is perhaps the most read gospel and the first gospel that is consulted... Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by Brendan Knox
Other reviewers have done a good job describing the structure and methodology of this commentary and the whole commentary series edited by Clint Arnold. Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by R. Douglas Geivett
My review copy of this book was supplied by Zondervan as part of a 'blog tour.'
Don't read it in bed. Read more
I found this book to be written so well that the whole book flowed along smoothly without a lot of dry facts that seem to frequent many of the commentaries of today. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by R.S. Crummy
Grant Osborne's commentary on Matthew is part of the new "Zondervan Exegetical Commentaries on the New Testament." The series has a nice level of technical detail. Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by Matthew A. Poulos