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Matthew Volume 1 (Chapters 1-13): A Mentor Commentary [Hardcover]

Chamblin Knox

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1 May 2010 Mentor Commentary
Matthew's Gospel is the first document in the New Testament - a suitable location considering some scholars' opinions (for example, Theodor Zahn and Ernest Renan) that it is the pre-eminent piece of literature in antiquity. What sort of book is it? Who is its author, and why did he write it? What historical, literary and theological contexts influence it? Matthew's Gospel also tells a story of Jesus, the son of David the son of Abraham - accordingly it gives attention to characters, plot lines, conflicts and resolution - but the extra dimension is that it also has an effect upon its reader to direct them to the Saviour of the world.

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This thoughtful and thorough commentary on the First Gospel comes from a scholar who has obviously spent many years at the feet of Matthew the teacher, and even more importantly, at the feet of the One to whom Matthew bears witness. --Jonathan T. Pennington, Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

My head hurts when I think of how Knox Chamblin weighed and worried over every Greek word or phrase in every sentence of Matthew's Gospel and then has pulled it all together into a lucid and connected whole. And my heart is grateful for a commentary like this--that is thorough (he simply 'milks' the text), clear (both in its organization and in his positions), and 'pushy' (in driving us to worship). Chamblin clearly wants me to understand Matthew and to stand amazed in the presence of Jesus the Nazarene. Knox Chamblin is in vintage form here: relentlessly nailing us to the text and always wobbling on the edge of doxology. --Dale Ralph Davis, Well respected author and Bible expositor

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4.0 out of 5 stars Chamblin on Matthew 3 Dec 2010
By Joshua Schwisow - Published on Amazon.com
The Gospel of Matthew has no dearth of commentaries. There are an incredible amount of commentaries on this beloved book ranging from short expositional commentaries to long exegetical commentaries. This commentary by Knox Chamblin fits more in the latter category but is still quite readable. This is a truly comprehensive commentary. It consists of two very dense volumes that equals around 1600 pages.

Chamblin's exegesis is very in-depth and leaves practically no stone unturned. The commentary is arranged by section and includes exegetical observations both in the text and footnotes. Chamblin includes the transliterated Greek within every exposition making it a laborious read for some but thankfully quite detailed for the student and pastor who need to make informed decisions concerning the exegesis of the text.

Chamblin is thoroughly evangelical and Reformed and does not fall prey to critical suggestions concerning the Gospel of Matthew. The introduction is almost 200 pages and includes an in-depth defense of Matthean authorship. Chamblin does not see the Magi as Midrash or any other similar non-evangelical views. Some interpretative highlights include Chamblin's treatment of Matthew 16. Chamblin sees (and I think rightly so) Peter as the rock described by Jesus in Matthew 16:17-18. Chamblin's approach to the Olivet Discourse is primarily futurist (in terms of the parousia) and sees the events having historical fulfillment throughout history. Though he does recognize some elements as relating primarily to A.D. 70. Chamblin's treatment of the text is always careful and informed.

This commentary is big! This is a very good thing for in-depth exegesis but since the commentary is divided by section and not verse by verse it can be difficult to find the verse you are looking for. There are of course ups and downs to commentaries treating the text in this manner but it can be very non-intuitive for looking up various sections. I wish the text was divided by both section and verse. Aside from this formatting preference, this commentary is very helpful! There are few commentaries that are as lengthy and comprehensive as Chamblin's commentary.

Thank you to Christian Focus for providing me with a review copy.
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