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Matthew: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Hardcover – 1 Jan 1993


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The Gospel of Matthew is treasured as the Gospel of the Sermon on the Mount, and Jesus' teaching sets it apart from the other Gospels. It is precious to generation after generation of Christians because of its fusion of gospel and ethics, of faith and morality. This commentary proceeds unit by unit, rather than verse by verse, to emphasize what each passage of Matthew means to the author of the Gospel and to the modern church. Douglas Hare shows that the purpose of Matthew's writing is to convince Christians that a genuine faith in Christ must be demonstrated in daily obedience and that faith and ethics are two sides of the same coin. According to Hare, the turning point in Matthew is the narrative of Peter's confession and the subsequent passion announcement. His commentary stresses the close connection between the Great Commission, with which the Gospel closes, and the moral imperatives of the Sermon on the Mount.

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Douglas R. A. Hare is William H. Orr Professor of New Testament Emeritus at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for preaching 15 Oct. 2008
By Andrew J. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoy this series for preaching and teaching in the parish. It is great for helping connect the readings to the people in the pews. As mentioned by others, it isn't a commentary for strictly academic papers. It may be useful as one source, but you will need others for serious exegesis in an academic setting. I recommend it to any pastor or lay preacher looking for something to help better their homiletics. It's clear, useful, and easy to translate into sermon material. What more can you ask for?
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is what it is... 5 Nov. 2006
By Philonous - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The is a very well put together general commentary on the gospel of Matthew. It is exactly what it claims to be in that it gives commentary on the gospel in order to prepare people to preach on it or put together education forums on it. If you need to put together a sermon, you could certainly do worse than this book. If you're writing an academic paper or trying to do detailed exegesis, this is not the book for you.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good commentary - nice focus on the cultural aspects of ... 8 Oct. 2015
By L. M. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Good commentary - nice focus on the cultural aspects of "Matthew's" writing to set the scene for why certain aspects of Christ's ministry are highlighted. Also a good contrast with the other gospel writer's in terms of different emphases based on their intended audiences. I also like his reliance on Old Testament events and themes that form so much of the context in understanding the ministry of Christ. Very accessible without undue depth on language issues - if one wants that they need to go somewhere else. Highly recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book; Terrible Production Quality 24 Aug. 2016
By Cat-Ketch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Mr. Hare offers a very thorough textual analysis complemented by some very cogent insights about Matthew's Gospel. The only bone I have to pick with the book is that -- unlike earlier volumes of this series -- this edition isn't really a book to stock your shelves. It's a paperback with a hard cover, printed on newsprint. Ugh. A book of this caliber doesn't deserve to be disposable!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series. 7 Mar. 2015
By Mimi - Published on Amazon.com
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These "Interpretation" commentaries are great. They are quite scholarly, but at the same time useful to ordinary people in understanding the text being covered. This volume on Matthew was no exception. It has made many good points and backed them up with historical or textual information.
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