Top Commentaries on the Gospel of Matthew

Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of Matthew are listed below. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on Matthew that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the Bible, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more. See more about the scholars, pastors, ministries, and schools whose commentary reviews are being utilized.



Best Reviewed Bible Commentaries on the Gospel of Matthew



The Gospel of Matthew (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by R. T. France


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Reviews and Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on Matthew, “Judicious, well-written, and informed, this is likely to become a standard work on Matthew for some time to come.”

Tom Schreiner: recommended, “excellent”

Keith Mathison: #1 commentary on Matthew, “France’s work is thorough and solidly evangelical and will be beneficial to pastors and all serious students of Scripture”

Theology of the author: France takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | he was an evangelical Anglican 

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: With this 2007 publication, France expands his Matthew volume in the TNTC series that was published in 1985…France was considered a top Matthean scholar of his day; he died in 2012…he served on the NIV translation committee…France was succeeded at Oxford by Alister McGrath…From the publisher: “Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike…undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.” See more about the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.



Matthew (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised Edition) by D. A. Carson


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended, “clear first choice for pastors”

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Matthew

Keith Mathison: #2 commentary on Matthew; “Carson’s work is characterized by careful and sane exegesis and consideration of all interpretive options”

Theology of the author: Carson takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | he is a Reformed evangelical

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: Carson updates his 1984 volume with this 2010 revision…though not afraid to dive deeply into historical or theological matters, Carson has pastors in mind when he writes…From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors…[the series’] stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible.” See more about the Expositor’s Bible Commentary series, original and revised.



A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew by Craig S. Keener


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Reviews and Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on Matthew; “sets new standards…it is engagingly written and always has the preacher and teacher in mind”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Matthew

Keith Mathison: #3 commentary on Matthew, “Keener is an outstanding exegete”

Theology of the author: Keener takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | he teaches at Asbury Seminary, which is multi-denominational, yet historically Wesleyan

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: Keener also has a Matthew volume in the SRC series and in the IVPNTC series, which is considerably shorter than this volume…this commentary is pastor-friendly, but the IVPNTC is even more so…From the book jacket: “Keener focuses on two aspects of the interpretation of Matthew. First, he analyzes the social-historical-rhetorical contexts of both Matthew and his traditions. Second, he examines the nature of Matthew’s exhortations to his Christian audience pericope by pericope.”



Matthew 1-13 and 14-28 (Word Biblical Commentary) by Donald A. Hagner


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “helpful commentary on the Greek text”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Matthew

Theology of the author: Hagner takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | he is ordained in the United Presbyterian church

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: There are two volumes to this commentary…knowing Greek will maximize this commentary for pastors…devotes space to redaction criticism…Hagner is retired from Fuller seminary…From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence..” See more about the Word Biblical Commentary series.



Matthew (New American Commentary) by Craig L. Blomberg


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “helpful commentary for pastors”

D.A. Carson: “equally good in detail and in the flow of the argument”

Interview: Read Best Bible Commentaries seven-question interview with Dr. Blomberg on this volume

Theology of the author: Blomberg takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | the NAC series was produced by Baptists, Blomberg teaches at a Baptist seminary

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: This commentary is pastor-friendly, aiding in exposition while limiting technical discussion…this volume is shorter than most of the other well-reviewed Matthew commentaries…From the publisher: “This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.” See more about the New American Commentary series.



Matthew (International Critical Commentary: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary) by W. D. Davies and D. C. Allison


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended, “massive and technical Greek commentary”

Keith Mathison: #5 commentary on Matthew; “the work of Davies and Allison is indispensable”

Theology of the authors: they take a critical approach to Scripture | Davies was a Congregationalist, Reformed pastor

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: Cover of abridged version pictured; unabridged is three volumes…abridge version contains less Greek and technical discussion…Davies was an early proponent of The New Perspective on Paul…Allison teaches at Princeton Theological Seminary…From the publisher: The ICC series has “sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis, linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological to help the reader understand the meaning of the books of the Old and New Testaments.” See more about the International Critical Bible Commentary series.



Matthew (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by Grant R. Osborne


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal.: a “priority” commentary on Matthew

Theology of the author: Osborne takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | he was Arminian

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: This commentary includes technical discussion, yet has also been well-reviewed as a resource for pastors…Osborne was on the NLT translation committee…he also authored Revelation in the BECNT commentary series…his doctoral advisor was I. Howard Marshall…Osborne died in 2018…From the publisher: “The idea for this series was refined over time by an editorial board who listened to pastors and teachers express what they wanted to see in a commentary series based on the Greek text.” See more about the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.



 The Gospel According to Matthew (The Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Leon Morris


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #4 commentary on Matthew, “one should not neglect the work of Leon Morris”

Theology of the author: Morris takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | he was an evangelical Anglican

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: Morris his known for his commentary on John in the NICNT series…”Designed for serious pastors and teachers of the Bible, the Pillar commentaries seek above all to make clear the text of Scripture as we have it…[the authors’] ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and the contemporary relevance of the Bible.” See more about the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.



Matthew (Tyndale New Testament Commentary) by R. T. France


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended, “a shorter treatment that is helpful”

Theology of the author: France takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | he was an evangelical Anglican

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: France updated and expanded his work in this book for the Matthew volume in the NICNT series (see above)…this commentary does not require knowledge of Greek…From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means…[each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes.” See more about the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series.



Matthew (Teach the Text Commentary Series) by Jeannine K. Brown


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Matthew

Interview: Read Best Bible Commentaries seven-question interview with Dr. Brown on this volume

Theology of the author: Brown takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | she teaches at a Baptist seminary

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Notes: This commentary is pastor-friendly…provides theological and sociological insights…mindful of applications…Brown is on the NIV translation committee…From the publisher: The Teach the Text series utilizes “the best of biblical scholarship” and provides “the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively.”



Matthew (New Cambridge Bible Commentary) by Craig Evans


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a “priority” commentary on Matthew

Theology of the author: Evans graduated from a Baptist seminary and teaches at a Baptist university

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: Pastors will find this commentary helpful, but scholars and advanced students even more so…From the publisher: “The NCBC aims to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide range of intellectually curious individuals…[volumes] do not assume the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or an impressive command of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek.”



Matthew (Hermeneia) by Ulrich Luz


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended, “a careful and massive commentary”

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Notes: Translated from four volumes in German to three volumes in English…From the publisher: “The name Hermeneia, from the Greek, has a rich background in the history of biblical interpretation as a term for the detailed, systematic exposition of a scriptural work. Hermeneia is designed for the serious student of the Bible.” See more about the Hermeneia Bible commentary series.



Verse-by-Verse Expository Commentaries



Matthew (New International Version Application Commentary) by Michael J. Wilkins


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Theology of the author: Wilkins takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | Wilkins is ordained in the EFCA denomination; he currently teaches at BIOLA University

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: The author specializes in New Testament theology, Christology, and discipleship…this commentary is much larger than others in the NIVAC series at over 1,000 pages…From the General Editor: “The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context.” See more about the NIV Application Commentary series.



Matthew (Reformed Expositional Commentary) by Daniel M. Doriani


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Interview: Read Best Bible Commentaries seven-question interview with Dr. Doriani on this volume

Theology of the author: Doriani takes an evangelical approach to Scripture | this series, and Doriani, are Reformed

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Notes: The commentary for all volumes in this series read like sermons…Doriani teaches at Covenant Seminary…From the publisher: The REC series has four commitments. “First, these commentaries aim to be biblical…Second, these commentaries are unashamedly doctrinal…Third, these commentaries are redemptive-historical…Fourth, these commentaries are practical…” All authors are “pastor-scholars.” See more about the Reformed Expository Commentary series.



Matthew (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by David L. Turner


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Theology of the author: Turner takes an evangelical approach to Scripture | he is a progressive dispensationalist

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: Turner teaches at Cornerstone University…From the Publisher: “The chief concern of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) is to provide, within the framework of informed evangelical thought, commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness.” See more about the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.



Matthew: The Christbook by Frederick Dale Bruner


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Theology of the author: Bruner is Reformed

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: This commentary has two volumes…Bruhner is theologically focused and mindful of pastors…Bruner became a Christian under the teaching of Henrietta Mears…From the publisher: “Through this commentary, crafted especially for teachers, pastors, and Bible students, Bruner aims “to help God’s people love what Matthew’s Gospel says.” Consciously attempting to bridge past and present, Bruner asks both what Matthew’s Gospel said to its first hearers and what it says to readers today.”



Matthew (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible) by Stanley Hauerwas


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Theology of the author: Hauerwas is referred to as a member of the evangelical left; including Methodism, Anabaptism, Anglicanism, and Catholicism

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: This series employs theologians to write expositions on books of the Bible…From the publisher: “The commentaries are designed to serve the church—through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth—and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.” See more about the Brazos Theological Commentary series.



The Gospel of Matthew (Socio-Rhetorical Bible Commentary) by Craig S. Keener


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Theology of the author: Keener takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | he teaches at Asbury Seminary, which is multi-denominational, yet historically Wesleyan

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: Keener has multiple Matthew commentaries (see above)…From the publisher: “Using socio-rhetorical criticism, the New Testament is interpreted within the context of the world in which it was written and read—the rhetorical method makes use of ancient or classical writings and strategies of communication, while the social science method notes issues of cultures and customs.”



Matthew (IVP New Testament Commentary) by Craig S. Keener


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Theology of the author: Keener takes an evangelical in approach to Scripture | he teaches at Asbury Seminary, which is multi-denominational, yet historically Wesleyan

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: Probably the most pastor-friendly Keener commentary on Matthew of the three on this list…From the publisher: “Preachers, teachers, students and other individuals who want to dig deep into the heart of the New Testament will find an indispensable companion in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series.” See more about the IVP New Testament Commentary series.



Matthew (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series) by Robert Mounce


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Theology of the author: Mounce takes an evangelical approach to Scripture

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Notes: First published in 1985…Mounce was on the NIV, NLT, and ESV translation committees…he died in 2019…his son is New Testament scholar, William Mounce…From the publisher: “Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers.” See more about the Understanding the Bible series.



Technical Commentaries



The Gospel of Matthew by John Nolland (The New International Greek Testament Commentary)


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Theology of the author: Nolland is an Anglican priest

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Notes: Nolland is the author of the three-volume Luke commentaries in the WBC series…to maximize the usefulness of this commentary, pastors should have working-knowledge of Greek…From the publisher: “At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGNT will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament… the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God’s name.” See more about the New International Greek Testament Commentary series.



Classic Christian Commentaries



Matthew (Ironside Expository Commentaries) by H.A. Ironside


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Theology of the author: Ironside pastored Moody Church, helped popularize dispensationalism in the early 20th century

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: H.A. Ironside (1876-1951) was an internationally acclaimed Bible teacher and preacher, as well as the author of more than sixty books. His writings include addresses or commentaries on the entire New Testament, all of the Old Testament prophetic books, and a great many volumes on other biblical topics. For eighteen of his fifty years of ministry, Dr. Ironside was pastor of the historic Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, Ill.



Matthew (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture) edited by Manlio Simonetti


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The ACCS is a post-critical revival of the early commentary tradition known as the glossa ordinaria, a text artfully elaborated with ancient and authoritative reflections and insights. The vast array of writings from the church fathers—including much that is available only in the ancient languages—have been combed for their comment on Scripture. From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand selected material for each volume, shaping, annotating, and introducing it to today’s readers. Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power, and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church.”



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