Matthew 11:2-20:34 in the Concordia commentary series carefully expounds the original Greek text and theology of Matthew.
Dr. Gibbs employs a narrative approach that carefully attends to the literary structure of Matthew’s unfolding message in his Gospel.
He interprets the text in light of the original cultural and religious context in which Matthew wrote, as well as the audience for whom he wrote.
Themes that receive particular emphasis include Jesus’ mission to save his people from their sins; the reign of God in Jesus; the Son of God’s vicarious role as the substitute for Israel and for us; Jesus’ fulfillment of the OT; Jesus’ ministry of mighty word (preaching, calling disciples, teaching) and mighty deed (healing the sick, exorcizing, and raising the dead); how God’s grace in Jesus now comes to us through the ministry of Word and Sacrament; and eschatology—that the end times have begun already with Jesus’ ministry, and the Christian lives with joyful hope in the promises yet to be fulfilled on the Last Day.
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About Jeffrey A. Gibbs: Dr. Jeffrey A. Gibbs is professor of exegetical theology at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He studied at Rice University, Houston, Texas (B.A.), Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Indiana (M.Div., S.T.M.), and Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Ph.D.).
Concordia Commentaries are written to enable pastors and teachers of the Word to proclaim the Gospel with greater insight, clarity, and faithfulness to the divine intent of the biblical text.
This landmark work will cover all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments, interpreting Scripture as a harmonious unity centered in the person and work of Jesus Christ. Every passage bears witness to the Good News that God has reconciled the world to Himself through our Lord’s life, death, and resurrection.
The commentary fully affirms the divine inspiration, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture as it emphasizes “that which promotes Christ” in each pericope.
Authors are sensitive to the rich treasury of language, imagery, and themes found throughout Scripture, including such dialectics as Law and Gospel, sin and grace, death and new life, folly and wisdom, demon possession and the arrival of the kingdom of God in Christ.
Careful attention is given to the original Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. Further light is shed on the text from archaeology, history, and extra-biblical literature. Finally, Scripture’s message is applied to the ongoing life of the church in terms of ministry, worship, proclamation of the Word, Baptism, the Lord’s Supper, confession of the faith–all in joyful anticipation of the life of the world to come.
“Gibbs’ commentary on Matthew is a learned, carefully written, and fully accessible treatment of the First Gospel. It will introduce students to the Gospel’s message, aid pastors in its preaching, and enhance its teaching in the classroom. While providing a fresh translation of the Gospel’s text, the commentary captures magnificently the power and solemnity of the Gospel’s story of Jesus. The commentary likewise converses with the whole panoply of Matthean literature, both old and new. For anyone interested in the Gospel of Matthew, Gibbs’ commentary is simply ‘a must read.’”
— Jack Dean Kingsbury, Aubrey Lee Brooks Professor Emeritus of Biblical Theology, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, Virginia
“Jeffrey Gibbs consummates his marvelous elucidation of Matthew’s message with this third volume on chapters 21–28. He judiciously combines careful and insightful exegesis of the text, mastery of the Old Testament and historical backgrounds, and exhaustive research in scholarly literature with warmhearted application of the Gospel’s meaning for today. The encyclopedic scope of this commentary provides a rare service for the church as a gold mine for research, teaching, preaching, and personal devotion.”
— David E. Garland, Professor of Christian Scriptures, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
“A master craftsman with both the language and the message of this Gospel, Gibbs again gives me what I need to preach Christ in the Matthean mode to twenty-first-century hearers—and much more. He leads readers into Jesus’ world and presence. He tunes our ears to what Matthew recounts of his experiences with the Lord. His carefully researched and clearly formulated exposition opens up the setting in first-century Jewish culture, the person of Jesus, and the significance of his words and actions in his cultural context and in ours. This commentary plunges us into the way of thinking Christ came to cultivate for his
— Robert Kolb, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri
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