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on 26 April 2017
Part 2 of this excellent commentary. A useful and thought provoking companion through this year when we are reading Matthew's gospel.
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on 6 July 2017
I found this book very easy to read and it has helped with my understanding of the bible. I would recommended it as a good tool to assist anyone wanting to gain a better understanding of scripture.
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on 1 November 2017
Excellent study book
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VINE VOICEon 23 June 2009
In Part 2 of his study of Matthew, Tom Wright again gives us a fresh and vivid translation which is accessible without being dumb or patronising, catching the excitement and immediacy of the message.
In short commentaries that draw fom his own life and learning, Wright helps get to the hidden treasures of this Gospel. He is good at framing the Gospel events in the worldviews of Jesus and His contemporaries, helping us to crack the code. And so we understand the imporatance of the recurring theme in this Gospel of the fulfilment of the Law and the Prophets, so that, for example, we understand the significance of key passages like Daniel 7 to the theme of Jesus as Messiah and 'Son of Man.' We are shown how Jesus took the traditional Jewish understanding of these concepts and transformed them to a fulfilment that was truly revolutionary. Jesus's contempoararies would have known how Moses led the nation of Israel through the Red Sea to freedom, overcoming the armies of the enemy. They could not have dreamed how Jesus's death on the cross leads us all through the sea of sin and death, to the promises of Grace and salvation.
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on 17 May 2010
Tom Wright, shortly to step down as Bishop of Durham, is an outstanding, contemporary Biblical scholar. He brings wisdom, insight and clarity to New Testament commentaries of which this book is one of many. I would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to gain fresh and new understanding of First century Pauline correspondence with churches seeking to establish themselves in often hostile circumstances. To Galatia the theme is challenging, to Thessalonica encouraging. Any reader will find much that falls into both cetagories that will speak to them today. Worth the investment both in time and money, the reader will be repaid in full.
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on 15 June 2011
This is a part of Tom Wright's "For Everyone" series of New Testament commentaries (there is an accompanying series of Old Testament commentaries "For Everyone" written by John Goldingay). Specifically it is part of the "Paul For Everyone" subset.

Here, Wright pulls together the apostle Paul's letter to the Galatians and links it to the two letters to the Thessalonians. The rational for this (since they don't sit next to each other in the New Testament) is that they are the three earliest of Paul's letters and so, presumably are coming from a similar theological place. The commentaries on Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians, which sit between Galatians & Thessalonians in the New Testament, appear in a separate volume of "Prison Letters".

The "For Everyone" tag line, as well as the informal author name (Tom Wright rather than N T Wright), tells you who this is aimed at. Although he is a respected theologian who has contributed much to New Testament thought, here Tom Wright is writing for the ordinary reader, for those who don't have a theology qualification.

The style is friendly and informal includes a complete translation of the letters (written in a similarly friendly and informal style). After each section, Wright then comments and looks at the issues raised, usually beginning with a sermon illustration-type story.

For me, the style is almost too informal and slangy. Not that I think it should be overly ponderous and respectful, but just that it would probably sound better being read out loud than written down. The overall impression is of a friendly vicar paraphrasing the reading before launching into a short homily on it. But that, I suppose, is the point.
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on 22 February 2008
This is another in the series of "Guides for Everyone" where Tom Wright attempts to update William Barclay's Daily Bible reading commentaries.
It is a volume small enough to fit into a coat pocket, divided into entries with a short passage of scripture (Wright's own, occasionally idiosyncratic, translation) followed by a couple of pages of reflections on the passage. Typically, these will include both an anecdote from the author's experience or an observation from life today as well as exposition about the context of the times, or description of relevant passages from the rest of the scriptures.
Wright's writing has been aptly described as "smooth as chocolate" and these reflections are immensely readable. They could be good for private bible reading though we have used them successfully in a parish reading group: people of all levels of Christian knowledge (people exploring the Bible for the first time, as well as those who've been reading the scriptures for eight decades) found it worthwhile.
There are occasionally passages where Wright is simply brilliant - illuminating even when the text is murky or complex e.g on aspects of the apocalyptic parts of Matthew - and at other places, he's inspirational. Equally, in my view, there are times when his interpretation is plainly wrong: but then, he's an evangelical and I'm not, so that's to be expected. And who wants to agree with what they read all the time?
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VINE VOICEon 21 September 2010
Matthew Part 2 is a welcome addition the series of "Guides for Everyone". Tom Wright gives us a back ground to the Gospel readings and a thoughtfull insight which is great for everyday use or more. I use them as a first starting point for sermon preparation.
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on 9 August 2010
A good commentary that can be used as a general reference or daily personal study resource. Is easily readable without being dummed down. Can be used with For Everyone Bible Study Guides: Matthew to promote thoughtfull meditation or discussion.
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on 22 January 2013
Tom Wright's commentaries were recommended by our Rural Dean. I use these commentaries in my sermon research and they are very helpful. The biblical text has been translated from the original Greek into modern day English, understandable by most people. The commentary on each text uses modern examples of incidents, places, people that any of us might come across or experience, to help understanding. The book can be used in personal Bible study and quiet time and/or for group activity and/or help in preparing talks and sermons. I highly recommend Tom Wrights 'Everyone' commentaries.
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