Publisher Lexham Press
Charles L. Quarles demonstrates that the Gospel of Matthew is foremost a testimony about Jesus. Each pericope centers on Jesus and reveals something about who he is, what he has done, and what his disciples should do in response. Quarles teases out Matthew’s unique theological presentation of Jesus’s identity and work. Jesus is the new and greater Moses and the new and greater David who fulfills Old Testament hopes by establishing God’s covenant and kingdom. This Gospel invites us to know and worship Jesus, who makes all things new. The Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC) series locates each biblical book within redemptive history and illuminates its unique theological contributions. All EBTC volumes feature informed exegetical treatment of the biblical book and thorough discussion of its most important theological themes in relation to the canon―all in a style that is useful and accessible to students of Scripture.
Matthew one of the four canonical Gospels, holds an important place in the bible and Christian tradition. Quarles' work offers readers a thoughtful and comprehensive exploration of this vital text. This commentary is also a commendable addition to scholarship and exegesis. "Although believers' present circumstances may make them wonder if they are experiencing God's favor, they are truly blessed. Genuine disciples of Jesus who manifest the characteristics described in the Beatitudes are heirs of the coming kingdom, sons and daughters of God who will be princes and princesses when the messianic kingdom comes. They should have deep joy now as they anticipate that perfect future without sin or tears in which they will enjoy perfect fellowship with God and one another." Quarles brings his expertise to provide the readers with a clear and accessible analysis of the Gospel of Matthew. What sets this commentary apart from others is the balance it has between scholarly rigor and readability. While it is a valuable resource for theologians, pastors, and seminary students, it is a source that pretty much anyone could read and deepen their understanding of the Gospel of Matthew. Quarles addresses the theological themes and messages that are embedded in the Gospel of Matthew. He carefully explores the topic of the Kingdom of God, the Sermon on the Mount, and the identity of Jesus as Messiah. He handles these topics with ease as he engages various theological perspectives without imposing his own bias. "The Beatitudes end with a reference to the persecution that Jesus's disciples will experience because of their righteousness. This section assures the disciples that some people will react to their righteousness much more positively-by glorifying the heavenly Father." One of the biggest strengths of this commentary is Quarles' attention to the historical and cultural context in which Matthew was written. He skillfully unwraps the nuances of the first-century Jewish society, shedding light on the customs, beliefs, and political landscape of the time. This allows the reader to grasp the significance of various events and teachings within Matthew's narrative. One notable feature of this commentary is the inclusion of charts, maps, and diagrams. This enhances the reader's comprehension and allows for visual aids to fill in the gaps. It provides aids for geographical locations, genealogies, and timelines, making it easier to navigate the Gospel's complex narrative. "Although believers' present circumstances may make them wonder if they are experiencing God's favor, they are truly blessed. Genuine disciples of Jesus who manifest the characteristics described in the Beatitudes are heirs of the coming kingdom, sons and daughters of God who will be princes and princesses when the messianic kingdom comes. They should have deep joy now as they anticipate that perfect future without sin or tears in which they will enjoy perfect fellowship with God and one another." Charles L. Quarles's commentary on Matthew is a commendable work that effectively bridges the gap between academic rigor and accessibility. Anyone striving to gain a deeper understanding of the book of Matthew, whether you are a theologian, a pastor, a student, or someone striving for a deep understanding of the book of Matthew this would be the perfect commentary for you.