16 Best Commentaries on Matthew You Must Read First

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1) The Gospel of Matthew (The New International Commentary on the New Testament)



The late Dr. R. T. France (who was a research fellow in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Wales) penned the clear and conside  Gospel of Matthew for The New International Commentary on the New Testament.  This series provides an exposition of Scripture that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship, yet loyal to Scripture as the Word of God. It is an authoritative guide to the text of Scripture, bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of the Bible. Contributors are gifted writers and scholars who open each commentary with an introduction to the biblical book.  Other features are: a select bibliography, the author’s own translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, verse-by-verse comments, in-depth discussions of technical matters and more.


2) The Expositor’s Bible commentary : Matthew, Mark, Luke, with the New international version of the Holy Bible



The Expositor’s Bible Commentary is one of the most-recognized standards of expository commentaries. Written by dozens of scholars/preachers, it is regarded as an inter-denominational exposition and a major contribution to the study and understanding of the Scriptures. Providing pastors and Bible students with a comprehensive and scholarly tool for the exposition of the Scriptures and the teaching and proclamation of their message, this work has become a staple of seminary and college libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide. Each book of the series has an exposition, introduction, outline, and bibliography.  Matthew, Mark, Luke, with the New international version of the Holy Bible was written by  D. A. Carson (Matthew section), Walter W. Wessel (Mark section) and Walter L. Liefeld (Luke section).



3) A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew



This extraordinary commentary on Matthew was written by Craig Keener – professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary – in 1999.  Keener’s style offers a unique interpretive approach that focuses on the socio-historical context of the Gospel and the nature of Matthew’s exhortation to his first-century Christian audience. This stunning commentary is a goldmine of wisdom for teachers, layman and preachers.


4) The Gospel according to Matthew (The Pillar New Testament Commentary (PNTC))



The 15 volume Pillar New Testament Commentary is designed both for serious students and for general readers of the Bible.  The authors provide rigorous exegesis and exposition and contemporary relevance of the Bible.  The New International Version is the translation of choice for the English text, the authors base their exposition on the Greek New Testament. The Gospel according to Matthew is a truly superb commentary in the Pillar series and was written by the late Leon Morris, who was Principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia.

5) Matthew 1-7: Volume 1 (International Critical Commentary)



With 59 volumes and 54 authors, the International Critical Commentary is huge in scope and scholarship.  Published by T&T Clark International, this series brings together all the relevant aids to exegesis: linguistic and textual, archaeological, historical, literary, and theological, with a comprehensiveness and quality of scholarship unmatched by any other series.  This series is under the editorship of Professor J. A. Emerton of Cambridge, Professor C. E. B. Cranfield of Durham and Professor G. N. Stanton of Cambridge.  Matthew 1-7: Volume 1 was written by W. D. Davies (former Emeritus Ivey Professor of Advanced Studies and Research in Christian Origins at Duke University) and  Dale C. Allison Jr. (Errett M. Grable Professor of New Testament Exegesis and Early Christianity, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary).


6) Matthew: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture


Craig L. Blomberg – distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary – wrote Matthew: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture for The New American Commentary.  Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.


7) Matthew Volume 1 (Chapters 1-13): A Mentor Commentary



The late Knox Chamblin expounds upon Matthew’s Gospel (the first document in the New Testament) in Matthew Volume 1 (Chapters 1-13) for Mentor Commentaries.  The 16 volume Mentor Commentary Series combines a high view of Scripture with access to the latest academic theological research. They are essential for pastors to use for sermon preparation, and for students and scholars of the Bible. While they do discuss textual, linguistic, and grammatical issues, they do so using English, making them accessible for English-only study. Features include: detailed footnotes, bibliography, subject and author indexes and much more.


8) Matthew: 2 Volume Set (Reformed Expository Commentary)



Daniel M. Doriani – vice president of strategic academic projects and professor of theology at Covenant Theological Seminary – penned the Christ-centered Matthew: 2 Volume Set  for the Reformed Expository Commentary. Reformed Expository Commentaries are accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series provides exposition that gives careful attention to the biblical text, is Reformed in doctrine, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.


9) The Gospel of Matthew (The New International Greek Testament Commentary)



John Nolland offers a scholarly commentary on the Gospel of Matthew that offers fresh interpretations of the dominant Gospel in the history of the church. With a decade of his life spent studying Matthew, this is a comprehensive and wide ranging read that’s part of the New International Greek Testament Commentary. The 13 volume New International Greek Testament Commentary series was established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Hence, authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text.  The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others.


10) Matthew (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)



Dr. David L. Turner – professor of New Testament and systematic theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary – wrote this highly accessible commentary on Matthew for the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.  The 18 volume, highly accessible Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series is known for its thoughtful scholarship for studying pastors and its readability for lay people.  Authors include a wide variety of scholars from differing theological persuasions who investigate a variety of viewpoints.  Each volume contains the original Greek words as well as the corresponding transliterated and translated phrases.


11) Matthew



Robert H. Mounce – President Emeritus of Whitworth College and the author of several books including a major commentary on Revelation – writes the Matthew volume for the New International Biblical Commentary series.  The  43 volume New International Biblical Commentary series is written by world-class evangelical scholars. Whether you’re preparing a lesson or sermon or simply studying for your personal reasons, the New International Bible Commentary provides you with a study resource that combines convenience with depth and relevance

12) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 33a, Matthew 1-13



A well-constructed work of genuine biblical scholarship, the author of Vol. 33a, Matthew 1-13 from the Word Biblical Commentary is Donald A. Hagner – the George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. Based on years of his intensive study and research, this new commentary provides excellent guidance into Matthew. This publishing house delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.

13) Matthew: A Commentary. Volume 1: The Christbook, Matthew 1-12



Published by Eerdmans in 2007, Matthew: A Commentary. Volume 1: The Christbook, Matthew 1-12 is a thorough commentary made especially for teachers, pastors, and Bible students.  The author is Frederick Dale Bruner, who writes exegetically very sound and solid.  The book is very well outlined, clear and powerfully written.  Bruner provides a constant dialogue with scholarship of the highest order and keeps an eye on both theology and life at all times.


14) Matthew 1:1-11:1: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture



Concordia Commentary provides Matthew 1:1-11:1: A Theological Exposition of Sacred Scripture by Dr. Jeffrey A. Gibbs.  Dr. Gibbs carefully explores the original Greek text and theology of Matthew and employs a narrative approach.  The 26 volume Concordia Commentaries give a theological exposition of Scripture.  The authors are sensitive to Scripture’s rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes and pay careful attention to the original Hebrew and Greek. Additionally, the authors and shed further light on the text from archaeology, history, and extra-biblical literature and apply Scripture’s message to today.

15) Matthew: An Introduction and Commentary



Teacher, author and scholar R. T. France writes the Christ-centered and systemic Matthew volume for Tyndale New Testament Commentaries.  The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, the 20 volume Tyndale New Testament Commentaries are a trusted resource for Bible study. They are written by some of the world’s most distinguished evangelical scholars and offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament.  The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation.


16) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)


Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)
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Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection on both Old and New Testament books with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.






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