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Gospel of Matthew (New Testament Commentary) Hardcover – June 1, 1981
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In addition to this being a commentary on Matthew, the first 76 pages of this commentary provide an introduction to the Synoptic Gospels as a whole. In this introduction Hendriksen discusses not just the Synoptic Problem (i.e., the issue of order in which they Synoptics were written, interdependency, etc.), but he also looks at the form criticism of R. Bultmann and others and offers a helpful critique of this approach.
Hendriksen provides his own translation of the Greek text of Matthew. On the whole, this appears to be an excellent translation. I was especially happy to see that in what is the most controversial translation issue in Matthew (11:12) he translates the main verb of that sentence "biazetai" as a middle rather than a passive, and in a footnote gives an extremely lucid explanation of why this translation (which puts a positive spin on what Jesus is saying) is to be preferred. This is just one example of the excellent scholarship found in this commentary.
If you are looking for pastoral insights you will benefit from Hendriksen's years as a pastor. His years as a college professor gave him great insight into effective methods of teaching.
His insights into the original languages are tremendous, and he is ingenious at putting hard-to-teach subject matter into understandable terms.
Hendriksen gives his own translation of the Greek. I especially apprecite how he differentiates between singular and plural pronouns in doing so.
For scholarship, personal Bible study, sermon thoughts and astute commentary, I heartily recommend this book.
Robert J. Sutherland