Edinburgh; 1988-1994 and 1997: T & T. Clark. Octavo. Item #031486
Now recognized as the definitive commentary of Matthew's Gospel, this three volume set covers the gospel in terms of its historical and culture background with special attention to Judaism in the first century and the sources found since Qumran. As historians, the authors proceed on several fronts. The most obvious contribution of their commentary appears in the thousands of references to pertinent biblical texts (OT and NT), early Jewish and rabbinic sources, and patristic interpretations. The exposition of almost every phrase contains important theological insights. Volume I. First edition. xlvii, 731pp. Volume II, xvii, 807pp. latest impression and Volume III, First edition. xviii, 789pp. In these three volumes, there is ample material for both the biblical scholar and the serious pastor who wants to know the best source for any homiletical approach to Matthew's Gospel. For the specialist they cover both the work of conservative scholars such as Robert Gundry to the methods of Bultmann. A fine set bound in green cloth, centrally stamped in blind, spines lettered and ruled in gilt, front-end paper of volume I has a small ripple. A very nice set.