This book has gained a high reputation in the economical, pastor-friendly New American Commentary (NAC) series. Craig Blomberg has earned expert status in the scholarly world on the Gospels. Don’t miss his Preface where he tells what he thinks about commentaries series in general, and why the NAC is worthwhile.
Blomberg says his focus could be labeled “a cautious evangelical redaction criticism”. I love “cautious” and “evangelical”, but must admit my least favorite paragraphs were those explaining his views on “redaction criticism”. Scholars often miss that pastors find that the least helpful type of thing that scholarship provides. Some of us are convinced it’s not even accurate. Still, don’t let that turn you away from this commentary. It nevertheless contains the things pastors are looking for, and they are well done at that.
The Introduction does a great job sharing various viewpoints about structure. He works his way to his own conclusion that sees value in a couple of opinions out there (Kingsbury and Bacon particularly). He wisely sees structure as a springboard to theology and gives us several pages that gets to the heart of Matthew. Again, his section on sources doesn’t do much for me, but I appreciated his conservative conclusions on date, authorship, and historicity.
The commentary proper never fails to provide help. The quality remains constant throughout. There might be points I’d disagree with, but every passage was of high quality.
Though this commentary would be considered mid-length (many people’s preference), and pastor/teacher friendly (even more people’s preference), it still can run with the big boys in the exegetical commentary field. I recommend it!
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