in Tyndale New Testament Commentaries
Publisher InterVarsity Press
The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (TNTC) have long been a trusted resource for Bible study. Written by some of the world's most distinguished evangelicals scholars, including F. F. Bruce, Leon Morris, N. T. Wright, and Donald Guthrie, these twenty volumes offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament.Formerly distributed by Eerdmans Publishing Co., InterVarsity Press is pleased to begin offering this series as a compliment to the popular Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (TOTC). Like the TOTCs, the TNTC volumes are designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.
As with most of the commentaries in this set, the introduction was well done. The things you want to know about Matthew such as structure, the high regard with which this Gospel was held by the early church, the frequent use of Old Testament references, and much more are covered briefly but in some depth. It is the commentary itself where this book really shines. Dr. France manages to be academic, instructional, and devotional at the same time. While not everyone will agree with him, his belief that Christ's words are intended to create discipleship in believers rather than simply as ethical statements both instructed and convicted me. When you need to understand a word or a concept, he can dig in, but he also has a pastor's flair for applying Jesus' words to where we live.
Like Morris, France is such a good commentator, that he excels in the intro level tyndale series as well as larger, more technical works. This one may be better than some larger works, sharp exegete!