For the Church today, as for the early church, the Gospel of Matthew provides an indispensable tool in the Church's threefold task of defending its beliefs against attacks, of instructing converts in the ethical implications of their newly-accepted religion, and of helping its own members to live a disciplined life of fellowship based on the record of the deeds and words of their Lord and Master. In short, the Gospel of Matthew serves as an apology, a handbook of instruction, and a lectionary for use in Christian worship. It is interesting to note that this Gospel was, to judge from the frequency with which it was quoted by Christian writers in the second century, their favorite Gospel.
In this volume the noted teacher of New Testament interpretation, R. V. G. Tasker, has given the Christian community another remarkably concise and useful study aid, this one a commentary on the Gospel that "occupies the first place in all extant witness to the text of the four Gospels and in all early lists of the canonical books of the New Testament."
Throughout the commentary Professor Tasker, in keeping with the purpose of the Tyndale Commentaries and the need of the Church at large, has confined his attention almost exclusively to the interpretation of the text, and only incidentally discusses textual problems.