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Matthew, Mark (Cornerstone Biblical Commentary) Hardcover – May 1, 2006
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About the Author
David L. Turner, PhD, a graduate of Cedarville University, Grace Theological Seminary (ThD), and Hebrew Union College--Jewish Institute of Religion, Cincinnati (MPhil, PhD candidate). He has been professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary since 1986 and has published several articles on the Gospel of Matthew.
Darrel L. Bock, PhD (University of Aberdeen), is research professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. His special fields of study include the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament, Luke--Acts, the historical Jesus, and the integration of theology and culture. Among his most recent publications are Breaking the Da Vinci Code (New York Times best-seller, May 2004), and a two-volume commentary on Luke (Baker).
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In the current section of Matthew 13 he addresses first a few cogent and not overly dense paragraphs relating to the interpretation of parables stating:
...Parables are indeed allegories, but they must not be allegorized. Their imagery must be understood in terms of their own ancient historical and literary conventions, not in terms of extraneous categories superimposed upon them by allegorizers. Since the imagery of Jesus' parables is drawn from first-century Palestine, an understanding of the historical context is crucial. It is also important to note the literary context. At times, the preceding context provides the key since the parabolic imagery corresponds to key characters and issues in the narrative.
-- Philip Wesley Comfort, Cornerstone Biblical Commentary, Vol 11, "With the Entire Text of the New Living Translation." (Carol Stream, Ill.: Tyndale House Publishers, 2005-c2006), 182.
Following that preparatory statement we have section of brief interpretation preceding the exposition of the section. Altogether the full commentary on a given pericope (section of scripture) is brief and easy to read. There is no (or very little Greek) embedded in the commentary according to my very brief perusal.
It is not an exegetical commentary but rather strives to live by it's purpose of
...helping teachers, pastors, students, and lay people understand everythought contained in the Bible.
Overall it seems a good commentary if a little brief. But I believe that it fulfills it's purpose and strikes it target audience of the end user of scripture rather than the scholar. There are plenty of commentaries to be had out there some having more or less depth than others. This one at least doesn't waste it's brevity and succeeds in quickly answering the question, "What does this mean?"