This review appeared in the Jul-Sep 2007 vol. 164 no. 3 issue of Biblotheca Sacra, DTS’s quarterly academic journal.Subscribe Today
The Gospel of Matthew: A Commentary on the Greek TextWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids November 1, 2005
This fine study is a worthy complement to the commentaries on Mark (R. T. France, 2002) and Luke (I. H. Marshall, 1978) in a series that is for the most part characterized by careful and balanced exegesis. Like his two predecessors in the series Nolland primarily uses a redaction critical approach to analyze and interpret the verses under discussion. With nearly 1,275 pages of commentary, he offers a thorough analysis of Matthew’s Gospel. Nolland interacts with a wide variety of interpreters (the bibliography is nearly two hundred pages), but he makes exegesis of the text of the Gospel his primary pursuit. Unlike lengthier commentaries on Matthew (by W. D. Davies and Dale C. Allison, 3 vols.; and by Ulrich Luz, 3 vols.) that tend to discuss the history of interpretation without necessarily coming to conclusions, Nolland states what he thinks is the most reasonable meaning of the text and why.
Both pastors and students will find help in understanding Matthew by their use of this commentary. However, the commentary on Matthew by Craig S. Keener (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999) is very useful for expository preaching and teaching. The content of each of the one-volume commentaries in the New International Greek Testament Commentary series is difficult to match for overall value.
—David K. Lowery