Need Your Reading Suggestions on Gospel of Matthew

Need Your Reading Suggestions on Gospel of Matthew March 30, 2013

In the fall, I will have the privilege of teaching a seminary course on Matthew. This will be my first time teaching on the first gospel (I have taught John several times). I have a good handle of the commentaries I will be making reference to, but otherwise I am open and looking for reading suggestions for insightful essays, articles, and monographs.

What monographs, essays, and articles have you found most insightful in the study of Matthew?

While I am especially interested in theological pieces, I am also looking for eminent pieces regarding historical and literary features.


As far as videos are concerned, I have enjoyed the following ones:

Tom Wright has a series of short videos on Matthew from 2011

Donald Hagner did a series of videos on the Gospels and Matthew for Public Christianity

Paula Gooder introduces Matthew (St. Johns Nottingham Project)

Graham Stanton talks about the Kingdom of God (St. Johns Nottingham Project)

Stanton and Dunn talk about the Parables (St. Johns Nottingham Project)

Bauckham talks about the Gospels and Eyewitness Testimony (St. Johns Nottingham Project)

Martin Hengel on the Gospels and History

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  • Peter Leithart’s article: Jesus as Israel: The Typological Structure of Matthew’s Gospel;
    It was a very interesting read!

  • Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Jonathan Pennington’s Heaven and Earth in the Gospel of Matthew is brilliant! Well worth taking a look at.

  • I have heard that from several people, so I am ON IT!

  • Nathan

    Disclaimer: High school teacher in a PhD program in Matthew with degrees from seminary. I think you need a good one stop shop commentary for the student to put on the shelf. I like France and Nolland for that. The other commentaries can get into multi-volumes and get pricey.

    Built upon the Rock is a great volume that covers a bunch of issues and has nice footnotes for further research. It also goes through things that relate to the whole Gospel.

    As far as articles, my own work is in the Lord’s Prayer. I have been looking at quite a few things on the Sermon. David Wenham has a great article on the form of the Lord’s Prayer. Allison’s article on the structure of the Sermon is great. Stassen on the 14 triads is a great connection between exegesis and ethics. Wenham on Matthew 13 is also a great article on literary artistry and understanding the role of the parables in Matthew.

    I agree with the Pennington suggestion. It is a game changer. An older volume that covers alot of ground from a respected scholar is Graham Stanton’s A Gospel for a New People.

  • Nathan

    Sorry, I overlooked the commentary part in your post. I love when you touch on Matthew on here. I enjoyed your interaction with Pennington’s take on reading the Gospels as well.

  • Thanks for these great suggestions!

  • Great site , brilliant information ! , thanks professor .

    Richard Baukhams ‘ Gospel as the eyewitness testimony ‘ is a good book which shows authors of the Gospels as eyewitnesses to the events . There are other scholars who would argue otherwise . Can you name me some books which deal with gospels as not being written by eyewitnesses . I want to just listen to both side of arguments .

  • Mike Bird

    I still like Craig Keeners’ Gospel of Matthew comm. because it is so user friendly for preachers! Beyond that, David Garland’s literary and theological approach to Matthew is a gem too.

  • I might suggest Dale Allison’s Studies in Matthew. Great balance of historical, literary, and theological research you are looking for.

    And I second the suggestions for Pennington and David Garland, too!

  • At the outset, I second Allison’s ‘Studies in Matthew’ and Pennington. Also helpful are the history of interpretation sections in Luz.

    While a bit dated, Stanton’s “A Gospel for a New People” and France’s “Matthew:Evangelist and Teacher” raise important interpretive questions.

    James Patrick argues for the Isaiah citations as the structural anchors in Matthew (JTS 61.1).

  • John

    In addition to Davies and Allison on Matthew, I would recommend an excellent new monograph on Matthew by Nathan Eubank (de Gruyter, originally his Duke dissertation under Hays) entitled: Wages of Cross-Bearing and Debt of Sin: The Economy of Heaven in Matthew’s Gospel.