John Nolland gives us a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew that engages with a notable range of Matthean scholarship and offers fresh interpretations of the dominant Gospel in the history of the church.Without neglecting the Gospel's sources or historical background, Nolland places his central focus on the content and method of Matthew's story. His work explores Matthew's narrative technique and the inner logic of the unfolding text, giving full weight to the Jewish character of the book and its differences from Mark's presentation of parallel material. While finding it unlikely that theapostle Matthew himself composed the book, Nolland does argue that Matthew's Gospel reflects the historical ministry of Jesus with considerable accuracy, and he brings to the table new evidence for an early date of composition.Including accurate translations based on the latest Greek text, detailed verse-by-verse comments, thorough bibliographies for each section, and an array of insightful critical approaches, this commentary will you to understand more fully Matthew's presentation of the gospel narrative.
I do not know of any scholars around today who do not recommend this book as far as an in depth study of Matthew goes.If your wondering if its buyable I would like to say it is a worthy buy for this great Gospel.
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Review 2 for The Gospel of Matthew: New International Greek Testament Commentary [NIGTC]
Date:October 4, 2008
The previous review should be rethought because while his comments may be true, regarding too much time for a preacher, this set is not advertised nor intended as a preachers' commentary. With that in mind, it is excellent when considering it is and was intended as a scholar/exegetical commentary.
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Review 3 for The Gospel of Matthew: New International Greek Testament Commentary [NIGTC]
Date:January 18, 2006
What this commentary lacks in substance, it makes up in volume. Even with 1600 pages, Nolland has given us very little helpful information. For example, in his discussion on 3:10, Nolland spends an entire paragraph on the lack of firewood in palestine.It is obvious that Eerdmans has no real consideration of the limits of a pastor's time or budget (this commentary retails for $80). A very poor choice for anyone interested in more than trivial matters.