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  • Hardcover: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic, Div of Baker Publishing Group (Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801026849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801026843
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 16.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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New Testament scholar and professor David L. Turner offers a substantive yet highly accessible commentary on Matthew in this latest addition to the "BECNT" series. With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, Turner leads readers through all aspects of the "Gospel of Matthew" - sociological, historical, and theological - to help them better understand and explain this key New Testament book. He also includes important insights into the Jewish background of this Gospel. As with all "BECNT" volumes, Matthew features the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text. This commentary admirably achieves the dual aims of the series - academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility - making it a useful tool for students, professors, and pastors. The user-friendly design includes shaded-text chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Gill on 29 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
The book of Matthew written by, David Turner is nice book, it describes deep historical facts and reader of the book is bound to pay tribute and homage to author.

I appreciate the knowledge and research launched by author.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Brevity yet Comprehensive 26 May 2008
By Elijah Mahadina - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The size (692 pages; the bibliography and the indexes are not included) tells us about the terseness of the commentary but not the lack of clarity. Every paragraph is straight to the point without diffusion. Every discussion has significance, not only serving the purpose of delivering information. I enjoyed much of reading this form of presentation: terse yet unambiguous.

This is also not a commentary of commentaries, hence the brevity. However, he does well in quoting others, such that the commentary is neither mostly a pile of arguments about others' opinion nor only a gathering of others' view. The way he summarizes other's argument is well balanced. He is really writing a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew. This work is brief yet comprehensive.

The other concern in writing a commentary of the Gospels is that we have to treat each Gospel in its own right, which means that we are not supposed to do a synoptic comparison in order to gain the whole picture. I believe that the author has done it well. But sometimes such comparison is justified, because the differences will show us the uniqueness of each Gospel. In this point, I found out that the author tends to do only the first part, but offers no explanation of the differences so as to highlight its distinctiveness. (see, for instance, p. 108 about the difference of Matthew 3:3, compared with the other Gospels, in quoting the OT; others like pp.124, 129 etc.)

When commenting on a verb, the author emphasizes the implication of the Greek tense, which makes me a little uneasy about it. (Surprisingly, this is rarely found at the second half or even the last two third of the commentary) For instance, in commenting on 3:5-6 (p. 109) he writes, "The imperfect verbs exeporeueto (were going out) and ebaptizonto (were being baptized) indicate that this response was widespread and regular." (I omit the Greek words) I am wondering, does "imperfect" indicate the widespread and regularity of the verbs or is it the context that requires so? In another sense, I will agree with some of the conclusions, but not the reason. I may have such an understanding due to the fact that I am more influenced by the Aspect Theory rather than traditional grammatical analysis. But for sure, the latter approach is still a common practice. This, however, won't affect me in appreciating this commentary due to many other strengths.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 3 Nov. 2011
By SoManyBooksSoLittleTime - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love the Baker Exegetical Commentary (BECNT) series. After enjoy Bock's work on Luke in the BECNT, I was excited to purchase Matthew. However, this commentary was a disappointment to me. Many sections are extremely brief, taking a paragraph of text and spending little more than a page in commentary. I am a preacher of the scriptures and simply found the commentary unhelpful. Many of Turner's comments were straightforward or obvious observations from the text. If you are looking for pastoral help, I recommend NICNT by France, Expositor's Bible Commentary by Carson, and Pillar NT Commentary by Morris. If you want brief comments, Turner is for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere for depth.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good, but not a top Commentary 3 Nov. 2013
By Pastor J Gray - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The series of Baker's Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament is a very worthwhile series. I was very glad to get this commentary. However, on working with the commentary, while it is good but not as good as I had hoped. It is one of the weakest of the series. I found the exegesis weak, but on the other hand I found the analysis of the text good, but brief in its comments. His work is reader friendly, helpful, and insightful, but limited. There are better, but will provide interesting insights and analysis.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good commentary, would not use the word Exegetical 11 Oct. 2013
By CGC - Published on
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This is a good commentary, but I would not have called it an exegetical commentary. It really lacked any in depth language study or historical background. In the end I would consider it a balanced devotional commentary.
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