Matthew (BECNT)

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Turner, David L.


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Product Description: This book serves as a guidebook for believers, to awaken their interest, offer practical help, enable them to think through big questions in light of Scripture, and prepare them for the greatest issue of the 21st century: our new power to redesign human nature and determine the boundaries of human life through abortion, cloning, euthanasia, eugenics, and robotics.

As the first Gospel in the canon, Matthew has received a great deal of attention through the centuries from both scholars and preachers. Turner attempts to stand between the two groups and offer a commentary that is fresh, accessible, and insightful. He emphasizes Matthew as a literary work in its own right (rather than in relation to Mark and Luke) and includes important insights into the Jewish background of this Gospel, explaining Matthew in the context of Second Temple Judaism as a book for Christian Jews living among non-believing Jews.

As with all BECNT volumes, Matthew features the author's own translation of the Greek and detailed interaction with the original text. The user-friendly interior design includes shaded-text chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit. This commentary admirably achieves the dual aims of the series--academic sophistication with pastoral sensitivity and accessibility--making it a useful tool for students, professors, and pastors.

828 pages
Published April 2008

About the Author

David L. Turner (ThD, Grace Theological Seminary) is professor of New Testament and systematic theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He has also completed coursework for a PhD from Hebrew Union College. He is the author of the Matthew commentary in Cornerstone Biblical Commentary.

About the Series:

The Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) series provides commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological relevance.:

  • All volumes feature the author's detailed interaction with the Greek text and are specifically designed with students and pastors in mind.
  • The biblical author's central themes are developed throughout with each exegetical unit being related to the overall development of the biblical book.
  • The user-friendly design includes shaded-text chapter introductions summarizing the key themes of each thought unit.
  • Chapter outlines and overviews allow easy entry into the discussion and aid comprehension and recall.
  • Additional notes comment on unique aspects of a book, problem passages, textual variants, and other critical issues.
With extensive research and thoughtful chapter-by-chapter exegesis, these commentaries will be valued by students, professors, and pastors alike.

Browse other volumes in the Baker Exegetical Commentary.

Book Details

828 Pages
Publisher: Baker Book House
Publication Date: April 2008
ISBN 13: 9780801026843

"David Turner has been authoring articles on Matthew with some frequency for nearly two decades, and this excellent commentary shows the great benefit derived from decades of familiarity with primary and secondary literature. . . . Turner writes from the so-called 'progressive dispensational' perspective. . . . The results of such a shift away from classic dispensationalism are salutary from an exegetical standpoint and greatly encouraging with respect to the future of evangelicalism. One hopes that such a volume can aid in moving Christian scholarship, congregations, and institutions beyond certain ecclesial and eschatological divides of previous generations. . . . [The text] is far more accessible than . . . many other Matthew commentaries. . . . In many respects the utility of Turner's work and insights therein (especially for pastors and teachers) competes favorably with the best commentaries on Matthew. Graced with many nice quotes from other authors and Turner's own pleasant prose, this commentary will greatly aid those engaged in the construction of preaching outlines and assembling of exegetical insights. Finally, this marvelous commentary is also all but error-free."
--Jason B. Hood, Themelios

"[This commentary] brings sound scholarship within the Evangelical theological and ecclesial tradition. The level of the commentary stands between the popular and the scholarly, drawing on more technical approaches but focusing on the message of Matthew."
--Donald Senior, CP, Bible Today

"David Turner's Matthew is a good, thorough, evangelical commentary focusing on this Gospel rather than on perceived changes from Mark. He does a good job with Matthew's use of the OT."
--Ray Van Neste, Preaching

"This work rates as perhaps in the top three among exegetical efforts on Matthew so far. . . . On most aspects a user will find a good grasp of things presented in a readable way, even though they are at times concise. . . . Turner has fulfilled his assignment with a diligent awareness in many cases. His work should take its place among detailed evangelical works, which in most passages pretty consistently offer well-seasoned comment."
--James E. Rosscup, Master's Seminary Journal

"[The BECNT] series is important as a resource for preachers who are committed to substantial exegetical work in preparation for exposition. Turner's commentary takes the literary structure of Matthew with great seriousness and will be of tremendous assistance to preachers seeking to understand recent scholarship in the first Gospel."

"Before readers reach for one of the larger and more expensive Matthew commentaries, they should first familiarize themselves with David Turner's new volume and three reasons why it too deserves pastoral and scholarly attention. First, while other commentaries excel at either historical, exegetical, or theological analysis, Turner, in keeping with the aims of the BECNT series, synthesizes all of these emphases. . . . Second, while Turner pays some attention to source-criticism, his concerns are largely with the text as-is. . . . Finally, Turner, a proponent of progressive dispensationalism, employs the hermeneutic throughout his exposition. . . . All theologically minded students, pastors, and scholars should consult Turner's Matthew commentary."
--John K. Goodrich, Theological Book Review

"This is a readable and engaging commentary on Matthew and the synthetic method does yield reward, sometimes allowing a much broader reflection on Christology and soteriology than is often found in commentary work. The book is also suitable for a broad readership: Turner's writing style is easy to follow and clear, the Greek text is represented in both Greek characters and in transliteration and, finally, the introduction sets out most of the key critical issues that we would expect a student of Matthew's Gospel to be aware of. The commentary, then, will provide a very useful resource for the classroom and for the pastor. For the academic, it may just throw up a few gems that other commentators have neglected."
--Grant Macaskill, Journal for the Study of the New Testament

"[Turner] interacts with current critical scholarship and helps the reader navigate the various scholarly and exegetical options, but always with an eye to exposing the message of Matthew. . . . Turner attempts to explain Matthew's Gospel in the context of Second Temple formative Judaism(s). . . . [This] significant feature of Turner's commentary is to be recognized as a real strength. His doctoral training in both Christian and Jewish graduate schools enables him to have insights into both historical traditions. . . . I commend Turner for producing a fine commentary that will be of significant value especially to pastors, teachers, and students as one of the first commentaries they reach for when they attempt to unpack this Gospel. He does not become bogged down in minute detail or in tendentious scholarly debates but carefully surfaces the important issues. He has a warm spirit, a pleasant style of writing, and a pastoral heart to guide readers into the essential message of Matthew's Gospel."
--Michael J. Wilkins, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society