The Gospel according to Matthew
472 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in
- ISBN: 9781481313308
- Published: November 2020
Perhaps the most important discovery in the long history of research on the Gospel of Matthew is that the book represents a self-contained literary whole as it participates in a vibrant intertextual network. Scripture illuminates the gospel story at every step, from the appearance of Jesus to the resistance of the authorities who oppose him. The famed intertextuality of Matthew, when considered alongside the social contexts in which the Matthean community lived, helps us recognize the strategy of this Gospel: the constant references to the scriptural text should assure those addressed that Christ-faithful communities are the true guardians of the theological traditions of Israel.
The Gospel according to Matthew provides a comprehensive interpretation of the Gospel of Matthew that draws on the best of modern research. Along with an analysis of the narrative structure, Matthias Konradt discusses the dense network of references to the Scriptures of Israel as well as the historical situation in which the Gospel was composed, namely the conflict between believers in Christ and the predominantly Pharisaic synagogue. Konradt focuses on theological topics such as the narrative unfolding of Jesus’ messianic identity as Immanuel, Son of God, and Son of David; Matthew’s understanding of discipleship and the church; the role of Israel and the Gentiles; and ethical orientation with its relationship to the Torah.
From the richness of Matthew’s theological reflection emerges the challenging question of the Gospel’s meaning and relevance for today. Modern scholarship has correctly emphasized that Matthew is an inclusive history—it tells the story of the past in a way that reflects and speaks to the experiences of the community. Taking into account a broad sweep of scholarly approaches to this text, Konradt provides a clear outline of the Gospel by tracing the shape of Matthew’s masterful narrative dynamics and the evangelist’s careful unfolding of theological doctrine.
World-leading Matthean scholar Matthias Konradt provides the fruits of previous, more detailed research in this wonderfully accessible commentary. His interpretation of the first canonical Gospel is outstanding in its deft weaving together of historical-critical, narrative, and theological approaches. Concise summaries of recent scholarship on major introductory issues lead into an illuminating and lucid commentary by an expert who also reliably discerns the most important topics and interpretative options to discuss. Not only other scholars but also preachers and teachers will be immensely grateful that the original acclaimed German commentary is now available in an equally readable English translation.~Andrew T. Lincoln, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, University of Gloucestershire
With this commentary Matthias Konradt adds to his impressive body of work on the Gospel of Matthew. The Gospel according to Matthew engages the text clearly and offers insightful discussion throughout that will benefit both scholars and clergy. This is a welcome addition to interpretations of the Gospel.~Warren Carter, Meinders Professor of New Testament, Phillips Seminary