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Matthew (Teach the Text Commentary Series) Hardcover – April 21, 2015
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From the Back Cover
The Teach the Text Commentary Series gives pastors the best of biblical scholarship and presents the information needed to move seamlessly from the meaning of the text to its effective communication. By keeping the discussion in each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes allow pastors to quickly grasp the most important information. Each unit of the commentary includes the big idea and key themes of the passage; sections dedicated to understanding, teaching, and illustrating the text; and full-color illustrations, maps, and photos.
With large sections devoted to extended teachings and memorable sayings of Jesus, Matthew's Gospel has been a favorite of Christians throughout the centuries. New Testament scholar Jeannine Brown helps readers understand this Gospel as theological biography. Matthew employs numerous Old Testament quotations and allusions to communicate his message of Jesus as Israel's Messiah-King, the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, and the perfect Israel of God. He calls Jesus' followers to embrace and live out self-giving ministry devoted to love, mercy, and justice. Through careful examination and explanation of the text, Dr. Brown helps modern readers and teachers bring this important message from the first-century context into our own.
"Jeannine Brown's widely respected scholarly expertise in Matthean studies is combined with experienced teaching skills to provide sound commentary and guidance for readers who want to understand and communicate in a profound yet practical way the treasures of the Gospel of Matthew. The Teach the Text Commentary Series is richly enhanced by Jeannine Brown's outstanding contribution."--Michael J. Wilkins, Distinguished Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
"The strength of this commentary is its attunement to the story Matthew tells, its concise summaries of sections, brief discussions of the key exegetical and theological elements, and suggestive prompts for communicating the message today. Matthew roots the story of Jesus told by the First Evangelist in its first-century context but, more importantly and uniquely, provides clear guidance for biblical communicators to imagine how to embody the story anew in the twenty-first-century church."--Joel Willitts, professor of biblical and theological studies, North Park University
"Prior to his ascension, Jesus, according to Matthew's Gospel, instructed his disciples to teach obedience to all that he commanded. Dr. Jeannine K. Brown has contributed substantively to the accomplishment of that task. Her straightforward exposition of Matthew, accompanied by thoughtful and practical insights, will be of value to all Bible readers."--Dennis R. Edwards, senior pastor, Sanctuary Covenant Church, Minneapolis, MN; adjunct seminary instructor
Jeannine K. Brown (PhD, Luther Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego, California. She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Scripture as Communion, Becoming Whole and Holy, and The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (2nd ed.).
About the Author
Jeannine K. Brown (PhD, Luther Seminary) is professor of New Testament at Bethel Seminary in San Diego, California. She is the author or editor of numerous books and articles, including Scripture as Communication, Becoming Whole and Holy, and The Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels.
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This is a great beginning exegesis.
In keeping with the ethos of the Teach the Text commentary series, Jeannine Brown avoids overly technical verse-by-verse analysis, offering instead selective discussions on key terms or concepts in certain verses that have greater bearing on the overall message. This does mean that those who require detailed exegesis in the original languages and engagement with scholarly discourse will need supplement their reading elsewhere. But this "shortfall" of the book is more than compensated by a strong applicational emphasis, with each chapter offering insights on teaching and illustrating the text. Especially helpful is the emphasis Brown gives to the Jewish cultural-historical background so critical to understanding Matthew, and how the message to the Jews back then can be bridged to our present-day context.
It certainly helps that the book is probably one of the most user-friendly commentaries in the market, with an easy-to-follow layout and coloured images/photographs.
Altogether, this commentary is a good balance of sound biblical scholarship that is also accessible and focused on life and ministry application.