Jesus of Nazareth is the most influential person who ever lived. His first-century biographers believed this and had to choose which details of his life and teachings to include and how to present them. The message of Matthew's gospel is thoroughly practical, and highlights Jesus' teaching about commitment, lifestyle, and relationships. Simultaneously, it is a deeply spiritual book that stresses how Jesus clearly fulfilled Old Testament prophecies that foretold the coming Messiah. Matthew offered his record of Christ's birth and life, cross and resurrection, to encourage and challenge the Christians he knew. John Proctor helps today's reader listen closely to Matthew the Evangelist, take his history seriously, and better know the Son of God who promised to be "with you always, to the end of time."
The Daily Bible Commentary
A mere reading of the Bible fails to fulfill its ultimate purpose. The Bible's message is meant to transform. The Daily Bible Commentary series distills the best of current scholarship into the straightforward language of a devotional. It skillfully opens each New Testament book and helps readers respond to the eternal truths within. General editors Richard A. Burridge, Dom Henry Wansbrough, and David Winter, together with other renowned scholars from an array of Christian traditions, provide helpful introduction, accessible explanation, and fresh meditations on individual passages. Balancing profound reflection with penetrating insight, the two-page daily readings engage the mind while never failing to touch the heart.