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The Gospel according to Matthew (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC)) Hardcover – July 29, 1992
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That's why Leon Morris' commentary on Matthew is a treat. The emphasis is his terrific line by line interpretation of the text. He does interact with other scholars, but not so much that the force of his own interpretation is neglected.
He writes with an eye toward application. For example, in his introduction to Matthew 5:38-42, he notes that "we have a natural tendency to retaliate when anyone harms us. But Jesus eschews hitting back in all its forms.(p. 126)"
He explains Greek terms without getting too technical. In the section on parables (Matthew 13), he contends (page 333) that we would do better to learn what a parable is by looking at the way Jesus used it than by coming up with our definition.
And in Matthew 24-25, Morris seems to take the double fulfillment interpretation, that it applies both to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD and to the future Second Coming of the Lord Jesus.
Davies and Allison have written the most detailed commentary on Matthew, and I use it regularly. But this commentary takes its place alongside Michael Wilkins in terms of sermon preparation value. It is easy to consult, and it explains the text plainly without getting lost in minute details.
This is a commentary which is clear, feels good, and is easy to use.
The author is aware of the issues, he is not too technical, but seldom misses things of importance; and typical of Leon Morris—he is a pleasure to read.
As a conservative scholar, he often puts in comments and addresses issues, that others seem afraid or reluctant to address thoroughly. For example, he deals boldly, graciously and most helpfully with the doctrine of eternal punishment, including a rare but valuable quote from H. P. Hamann's commentary on Matthew.
He stays close to the text, and has interesting insights to treasure. He is an Australian scholar, recognised globally as a fine teacher of the Word of God. His other important works, including his excellent studies and findings on 'propitiation' have given him a rich comprehensive background from which to open up the doctrine of grace.
What he knows of Jesus, his life, and friends and ministry, and his person and work, is truly amazing. Buy it!
Here is Carson's work:The Expositor's Bible Commentary: Matthew, Mark, Luke (Volume 8)
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Leon Morris consistently writes helpful commentaries. It's money well spent.Published 20 months ago by Joshua Boley
I have started reading this book from cover to cover and am halfway through. The Scripture text sections are conveniently included which along with short, relevant footnotes, lends... Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by Tidy Cat
Pillar NT new what they were doing when they put this book together this is why I am trying to complete the set.Published on February 3, 2014 by Julius K. Magee II
The book arrived timely and in excellent condition! Great commentary and will be very useful for accurate and thorough Bible study.Published on September 11, 2013 by H. Angle
A wonderful verse by verse commentary that is easy to follow and easy to reference. Pastors and Bible teachers would greatly benefit from this commentary. Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Daniel Harris
Haven't a clue...it was a birthday gift for our son in seminary can't review product or shipping as it was sent to himPublished on June 13, 2013 by Samta