- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: SPCK Publishing; First Edition edition (22 Mar. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0281053014
- ISBN-13: 978-0281053018
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 1.4 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Matthew for Everyone - Part 1 Chapters 1-15: Pt. 1 (New Testament for Everyone) Paperback – 22 Mar 2002
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"No other commentary series comes even close." --The Christian Century
"Readers who have been frustrated by the lack of accessible biblical commentaries for laypersons will welcome the series." --Publishers Weekly
"Well grounded in scholarship, accessible, and intensely contemporary. The series is a most welcome one!" --Walter Brueggemann, Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary
"Wright has accomplished a feat in this series. All the time, I tell Bible readers, 'Begin here!'" --Scot McKnight, North Park University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Tom Wright is is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. He is a regular broadcaster on radio and television. Tom Wright is the author of over forty books, including the other For Everyone guides to the New Testament, the best-selling Simply Christian, Surprised by Hope, and Virtue Reborn; and the magisterial series entitled Christian Origins and the Question of God.
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Top Customer Reviews
I have never been disciplined when it comes to reading my Bible daily - but I am finding it easy with this study:
- It includes the daily reading, so you only need to take this book with you when you're out and about
- It includes a write up setting the reading in context and points to make you think
- The write up is long enough to be thought provoking but not so long as to lose one's attention!
I will definitely be buying more books in this series!
I found my understanding of the Gospel narrative greatly strengthened by following this. Spiritual truth, real widom, is expounded direectly, simply and powerfully. The author clealy underscores Matthew's intention of alerting his readers to the wider context of Jesus' mission as the fulfillment of the Law and the Prophets, and brings home to us just how revolutionary, powerful and shocking Jesus teaching was to his contemporaries, and how much of a challenge and threat it was to the powers and authorities of his day.
Tom Wright's message is that the 'shock and awe' of Jesus' teaching and ministry needs to be just as clearly felt today.
You might believe from the title that the books would be rather basic but this is far from the truth. The 'For Everyone' reflects the readability. Thay are an easy read either in small daily readings or by reading longer sections.
This ease of readability is however combined with Tom Wright's great scholarship and especially his wide ranging knowledge of the background of the life and culture of Judea and surrounding areas in the time of Jesus. This means that they are interpreted in a straight forward manner as undoubtedly the orignal hearers would have understood Jesus' words.
As others have said, Tom Wright relates the stories, parables and warnings of those times in this Gospel to our Christian lives today. This is done in way which often makes you think, even if you have been a Christian for a long time and know your Bible well.
In short good scholarly exegesis and great readability mean that if you go through both this and part 2, you will certainly have grasped the meaning of Matthew's Gospel as far as the original audience would have understood it, without the many misunderstandings and especially the unwarranted apocalyptic meanings ascribed by some in more recent times to sections of the text.
From those that I have read, I would wholeheartedly recommend Tom Wright's 'For Everyone' series. If only they would do a reprint of the 'Revelation' one, the original version of which is so rare (and presumably therefore so highly valued by those that have a copy) that I have not found a single copy for sale anywhere on the planet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first of Wright's books of this series that I have read. I fully intend to buy the rest. It is written at a good level to help with daily devotions.Published 1 day ago by Mark
Absolutely brilliant, I have been looking for a series of New Testament books that explain it in plain English and this is itPublished 2 months ago by Charliedennis
I enjoy most of Tom Wright's books (including those published under the NT Wright name). This is a particularly accessible one and handy for preparing a group study.Published 13 months ago by D. J. Phillips
I find Toms writings at the end of each section helpful and thoughtful in a modern day language.Published 20 months ago by J RUDKIN