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Part of the newly emerging PILLAR commentary series, this volume uncovers the meaning of Matthew's Gospel in eminently straightforward fashion. A perceptive introduction precedes Leon Morris's warm-hearted and thoughtful exposition of Matthew, "the book of the story of Jesus Christ". In order to get at what Matthew actually says, Morris supplies his own literal translation of the text. This commentary on Matthew is particularly valuable for its thoroughness, maturity, and evangelical viewpoint.

About the Author

Leon Morris (1914–2006) retired as Principal ofRidley College in Melbourne, Australia, in 1979. He is theauthor of more than forty books, including The ApostolicPreaching of the Cross, the volumes on Matthew andRomans in The Pillar New Testament Commentary, and thevolumes on John and the Thessalonian epistles in the NewInternational Commentary on the New Testament.
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Product Details

  • Series: The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC)
  • Hardcover: 798 pages
  • Publisher: Eerdmans (July 29, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802836968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802836960
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leon Morris, an Anglican Theologian, has written a number of works that are outstanding. This is one of them. I was in need of a substantive commentary on Matthew, and am pleased to now have one! Morris' intention is to understand the meaning of the text, and the theology of Matthew, rather than to debate text critical issues endlessly. This commentary is very thorough and would be an excellent resource for pastors in their preaching ministry, and those interested in devotional studies. The extensive footnotes and references to other works would meet the need of those interested in contemporary research on this important gospel. Much recommended!
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This is a wonderful, expositional commentary on the text of the Gospel of Matthew. What sets this work apart from nearly everything else available is Morris' determination to exposit what Matthew has actually said and is trying to tell us, rather than to argue a new view on the whole Gospel, or interact with critical theories that most readers have never heard of (and many of which have either faded away or are in the process). This is a commentary every person in the church can access and appreciate. Morris wears his considerable learning lightly, so we get a lively interaction with the gospel itself, which cannot help but pay rich spiritual dividends for us all. Having used several available Evangelical commentaries, I am convinced that Morris is the best overall. It is not as scholarly as Carson, but it not as dry either. It is not as insightful as Blomberg in some places, but it is much fuller so that you really get feel for what Matthew is trying to say. I am probably biased since I am a fan of nearly all of Morris' work, but this is the first place I turn when preparing to preach or teach from Matthew.
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Some commentaries on Matthew give you extensive exegesis with endless interactions with other scholars. They are very helpful, but sometimes the message of Matthew is muddled and muddied as a result.

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.
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What a fine contribution by Leon Morris.

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!
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Starting with fifteen or commentaries five years ago when I started preaching through Matthew's Gospel, Morris has become a close friend. My copy has seen better days with tape, rips, and lots of ink, but each one points to appreciation. With one sermon left to go, I have to say that Carson and Morris sit on the top of the list. I commend them to you if you are looking for solid exegetical tools.

Here is Carson's work:The Expositor's Bible Commentary: Matthew, Mark, Luke (Volume 8)
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Next to the commetaries of Craig S. Keener, and D.A. Carson, I keep this book for constant reference. It is very accessible for a mainstream reader and has given me wonderful insights. This book is not as thorough as the work by Keener, but it has its own fine elements to offer. As I'm still engaged in studying it, I will probably have more to say later on. I am reviewing it now because I am a Christian novelist and my readers ask me for references. I recommend this book without reserve.---- I like the voice of the author very much, and look forward to learning more from him.---- Let me quote part of a paragraph (p. 15 of the hardcover) which is close to my heart: "In the last resort it appears that the authorship of this Gospel will remain in dispute. In my opinion there is more to be said for the apostle Matthew than recent scholarship commonly allows and more for Matthew than for any other candidate." Agreed, with humble thanks.
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