This review appeared in the Jan-Mar 2009 vol. 166 no. 1 issue of Biblotheca Sacra, DTS’s quarterly academic journal.Subscribe Today
The Gospel of Matthew: The King Is ComingAMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN August 1, 2007
Reviewed along with The Gospel of Mark: Christ the Servant, by James McGowan, and The Gospel of Luke: Christ, the Son of Man, by Mal Couch.
These volumes in the Twenty-First Century Biblical Commentary series are an exceptional entrance-level, dispensational, pretribulational, premillennial collection. Each book begins with basic background material, followed by a preview of each section, and then the commentary, which deals with essential doctrines, terms, and concepts.
The commentaries are well written and are easy to read. Each is relatively short but still offers new insights and ideas for teaching the Synoptic Gospels. These volumes are ideal for use in a study group, for sermon preparation, for Bible school students, or for personal edification. The questions at the end of each section would be helpful to anyone using the commentaries in a series of studies. The three commentaries cover basic introductory issues but do not offer detailed discussions of unorthodox opinions. If the reader desires a commentary that presents several views across evangelical and nonevangelical lines, other resources are available. However, for uncomplicated, conservative, dispensational expositions of the first three Gospels, these are well worth the moderate expense.
Edward Hindson is professor of religion, dean of the Institute of Biblical Studies, and assistant to the chancellor at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. James Borland is professor of biblical studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. James McGowan is Christian Education Pastor at Sugar Land (TX) Bible Church. Mal Couch is founder and former president of Tyndale Theological Seminary and Biblical Institute in Fort Worth, Texas.
—Larry J. Waters