Matthew 16 Resources


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Another Chart from Charles Swindoll

THE LIFE OF JESUS AS COVERED
BY MATTHEW (shaded area)


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CAVEAT: A number of the resources listed below interpret the events of Mt 24:15ff as prophecy which was fulfilled in the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy by the Romans in 70 AD. Matthew 24:21 would seem to be a stumbling block to such an interpretation. Jesus said "For then (speaking of Mt 24:15-20+) there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will." Note His qualifier "NOR EVER WILL." Jesus is describing a time in history that will never be repeated (if we interpret Him literally, which I do). That means the worst tribulation in the history of the world occurred in 70 AD! What about World War I? What about World War II when 85 million people were killed? But let's say we restrict the "great tribulation" to an event just affecting the Jews. To say that the killing of upwards to a million Jews in 70 AD is worse than the 8 million killed by Hitler in the Holocaust does not seem to fit with Jesus' teaching in Mt 24:21 "NOR EVER WILL." For more discussion see Matthew 24:21 Commentary All this to say BE A BEREAN when you read the comments (INCLUDING MINE!) on the eschatological passages, especially Matthew 24-25. 

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Explanation - The following list includes not only commentaries but other Christian works by well known evangelical writers. Most of the resources below are newer works (written after 1970) which previously were available only for purchase in book form or in a Bible computer program. The resources are made freely available by archive.org but have several caveats - (1) they do not allow copy and paste, (2) they can only be checked out for one hour (but can be checked out immediately when your hour expires giving you time to read or take notes on a lengthy section) and (3) they require creating an account which allows you to check out the books free of charge. To set up an account click archive.org and then click the picture of the person in right upper corner and enter email and a password. That's all you have to do. Then you can read these more modern resources free of charge! I have read or used many of these resources but not all of them so ultimately you will need to be a Berean (Acts 17:11+) as you use them. I have also selected works that are conservative and Biblically sound. If you find one that you think does not meet those criteria please send an email at https://www.preceptaustin.org/contact. The resources are listed in alphabetical order by the author's last name and some include reviews of the particular resource. For hundreds of other commentaries and books that can be borrowed see Christian Commentaries Online


The Beatitudes for today by Blanchard, John

The Gospel of Matthew by Boice, James Montgomery

The Sermon on the mount : an evangelical exposition of Matthew 5-7 by Carson, D. A

When Jesus confronts the world : an exposition of Matthew 8-10 by Carson, D. A

Matthew's Story: Good News for Uncertain Times. Thompson, William G New York: Paulist Press, 1989. A clear introduction to Matthew as story theology for Christians who wish to have their faith stimulated

Matthew by Chamblin, J. Knox (See also links below)

Matheson (Ligonier) - This massive work (almost 1,600 pages) is the fruit of a lifetime of teaching the Gospel of Matthew. The commentary is in-depth without losing sight of the big picture. It is scholarly without being unreadable. Very highly recommended.

A critical and exegetical commentary on the Gospel according to Saint Matthew : in three volumes by Davies, W. D. (William David), and D.C. Allison (International Critical Commentary)

Matheson (Ligonier) - For those doing an exhaustive study of the Gospel of Matthew, the work of Davies and Allison is indispensable. Readers should be aware that it is written from a moderately critical perspective, but in terms of comprehensiveness, there is nothing quite like this commentary. It is a highly technical commentary on the Greek text and thus not suitable for lay readers, but discerning pastors who are looking for information on every conceivable issue related to the text need look no further. The three paperback volumes are somewhat expensive (see links above), but they are a bargain compared to the hardcovers, which run approximately $150 each! For those not interested in all the technical details, an abridged version is also available.

Cyril Barber - A massive work. Learned, yet not so erudite that it is beyond the comprehension level of a seminary-trained pastor. The nuances of the Greek text are ably elucidated. Scheduled for 3 volumes. Replaces the earlier work by W. C. Allen.

The Sermon on the Mount by Davies, W. D. (William David)

The setting of the Sermon on the Mount by Davies, W. D. (William David)

Seeking the kingdom : the Sermon on the mount made practical for today by Dockery, David S

Cyril Barber - A practical guide applying the contents of Matthew 5--7 to the needs of people today who are waiting for Christ’ return and the inauguration of His Kingdom.

The Bible knowledge background commentary : Matthew-Luke by Evans, Craig A -  This resource will give you very interesting insights and is worth checking on individual passages. 

The Gospel of Matthew by France, R. T  New International Commentary on the New Testament, (2007)

Challies - France has a volume in the Tyndale series that is highly regarded, but it has since been eclipsed by his much longer and more significant contribution to the NICNT. That series, like so many, is somewhat uneven, but France’s is said to be excellent. Keith Mathison says the “work is thorough and solidly evangelical and will be beneficial to pastors and all serious students of Scripture.” I expect to find a greater number of endorsements as the commentators catch up with newer volumes like this one.

Keith Matheson (Ligonier) - A short commentary on the Gospel of Matthew has been available by R.T. France in the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series since 1985, but in 2007, France published a much more comprehensive commentary on this Gospel in the NICNT series—The New International Commentary on the New Testament. France’s work is thorough and solidly evangelical and will be beneficial to pastors and all serious students of Scripture. His commentary is distinctive in that he takes a largely preterist approach to much of the Olivet Discourse.

Kingdom life in a fallen world : living out the Sermon on the Mount by Ferguson, Sinclair B

Cyril Barber - A challenging discussion of the relevance of Matthew 5--7 to the life of the believer.

The Sermon on the Mount by Ferguson, Sinclair B

The Gospel according to Matthew : an introduction and commentary by France, R. T

Rosscup (comment on his work in the Tyndale NT Commentary) - This work, only a fair one, was done to replace R. V. G. Tasker’s work. It handles many matters well, concisely, and usually hits the crux of interpretation, showing awareness of considerable scholarly literature and main views. France uses the NIV text. He draws up summaries of sections and shows the meaning and connection in context.

Matthew 1-14 by Gangel, Kenneth O - This is more like a workbook with questions and short explanatory notes.

Matthew 15-28 by Gangel, Kenneth O

Reading Matthew : a literary and theological commentary on the first gospel by Garland, David E

The Gospel of Matthew by Hobbs, Herschel H., (1965) 364 pages

The Gospel of Matthew by Hobbs, Herschel H (1961) 264 pages

Abba Father : the Lord's pattern for prayer (Matthew 6:9-14) by Hughes, R. Kent, 

Book of Matthew : the carpenter king by Lucado, Max

Matthew : the coming of the King by MacArthur, John,

The Gospel of Matthew: Behold Your King by MacDonald, William (1974) 340 pages

Matthew 1-13 by McGee, J. Vernon

Matthew 14-28 by McGee, J. Vernon 

The Gospel according to Matthew by Morgan, G. Campbell 

Matthew by Mounce, Robert H 312 pages 3 ratings

Exalting Jesus in Matthew by Platt, David, (2013) 404 pages 193 ratings

Matthew (Focus on the Bible series) by Price, Charles 7 ratings 5 ratings - "Undiscovered gem."

The Gospel According to St. Matthew : an Introduction and Commentary by Tasker, R. V. G (1983) 292 pages. 2 ratings

Matthew by Turner, David L Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (2008) 35 ratings

Matthew, a study guide commentary by Vos, Howard Frederic,

Live like a king : making the Beatitudes work in daily life by Wiersbe, Warren

Rosscup - First published in 1976. Wiersbe recognizes the present and future implications of the “Sermon on the Mount,” and expounds the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-16) with God’s Kingdom program in mind. Here is a work that is rich in insights and spiritual application. Each message deals with the realities of living the Christian life as a “King’s kid.” Recommended.

Cyril Barber - A devotional masterpiece. Practical, relevant, rich in insights, and rewarding in its application of truth to life. This brief work deserves to be read slowly and carefully

Meet your King (Matthew) - same work entitled Be loyal (Matthew) by Wiersbe, Warren 

The Bible exposition commentary by Wiersbe, Warren W - All NT books in one source. Excellent. 

Rosscup - One of America’s most appreciated staunchly evangelical Bible conference teachers gives diligent, refreshing expositions. These are all of his 23 separate, earlier books in the “Be” series on the New Testament. He strikes a particular appeal with lay people as he crystallizes sections, deals with some of the verses, handles certain problems and backgrounds and applies principles. He is premillennial.

With the Word - Devotional Commentary - Warren Wiersbe - 428 ratings

Wiersbe's Expository Outlines on the New Testament by Wiersbe, Warren W

Cyril Barber - This is a book of exceptional merit. Pastors, missionaries, and Christian workers will profit from its use. Wiersbe introduces each book of the NT, provides an outline, and then furnishes his readers with a chapter-by-chapter discussion of the contents. The homiletic style is a “plus.” Recommended.

Windows on the parables by Wiersbe, Warren

The word in life study Bible : Gospel of Matthew  59 ratings Gives excellent background information. Worth checking out.

Interpreting the parables by Blomberg, Craig

Chronological and Background Charts of the NEW TESTAMENT - Pdf - D Wayne House - outstanding compilation of charts - check this one out!. This book can also be borrowed = Chronological and background charts of the New Testament

STUDY BIBLES

Note: The first 3 resources have no time restriction and allow copy and paste function: 

(1) KJV Bible Commentary - Hindson, Edward E; Kroll, Woodrow Michael. Over 3000 pages of the entire OT/NT. Well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective. Pre-millennial.  User reviews - it generally gets 4/5 stars from users. - 372 ratings

Very well done conservative commentary that interprets Scripture from a literal perspective   user reviews 

The King James Version Bible Commentary is a complete verse-by-verse commentary. It is comprehensive in scope, reliable in scholarship, and easy to use. Its authors are leading evangelical theologians who provide practical truths and biblical principles. Any Bible student will gain new insights through this one-volume commentary based on the timeless King James Version of the Bible.

(2) The King James Study Bible Second Edition 2240 pages (2013) (Thomas Nelson) General Editor - Edward Hindson with multiple contributing editors. . 3,194 ratings. Pre-millennial. See introduction on How to Use this Study Bible.

(3) NKJV Study Bible: New King James Version Study Bible (formerly "The Nelson Study Bible - NKJV") by Earl D Radmacher; Ronald Barclay Allen; Wayne H House. 2345 pages. (1997, 2007). Very helpful notes. Conservative. Pre-millennial.  917 ratings

The Experiencing God Study Bible : the Bible for knowing and doing the will of God - Blackaby, Henry (1996) 1968 pages - CHECK THIS ONE! Each chapter begins with several questions under the title "PREPARE TO MEET GOD." Then you will interesting symbols before many of the passages. The chapter ends with a "DID YOU NOTICE?" question. This might make a "dry chapter" jump off the page! Read some of the 48 ratings

Wycliffe Bible Commentary - OT and NT - Charles Pfeiffer - 1560 pages (1962). 214 ratings Less detailed than the KJV Bible Commentary. 

The New Testament and Wycliffe Bible commentary - This version has no time restriction but only has the NT. 

The Defender's Study Bible : King James Version by Morris, Henry M. Excellent notes for well known creationist. 45 ratings

The MacArthur study Bible - John MacArthur. Brief but well done notes 1,275 ratings

The David Jeremiah study bible - (2013) 2208 pages. 2,272 ratings Logos.com - "Drawing on more than 40 years of study, Dr. David Jeremiah has compiled a legacy resource that will make an eternal impact on generations to come. 8,000 study notes. Hundreds of enriching word studies"50+ Essentials of the Christian Faith" articles."

ESV study Bible - Excellent resource but not always literal in eschatology and the nation of Israel 6,004 ratings

Believer's Bible Commentary by MacDonald, William (1995) 2480 pages

Dr. John MacArthur, Jr. - "Concise yet comprehensive - the most complete single-volume commentary I have seen."

Warren Wiersbe - "For the student who is serious about seeing Christ in the Word." 

Life application study Bible : New Living Translation. Has some very helpful notes. 4,445 ratings

Compact Bible commentary by Radmacher, Earl D; Allen, Ronald Barclay; House, H Wayne, et al - 954 pages.  424 ratings Multiple contributors to the comments which are often verse by verse. The comments are brief but meaty and can really help your study through a given book. A sleeper in my opinion. 

NIV archaeological study Bible (2005) 2360 pages 950 ratings (See also Archaeology and the Bible - OT and NT)

NIV cultural backgrounds study Bible. bringing to life the ancient world of scripture Keener, Craig and Walton, John. Editors (2017)

The NIV study Bible by Barker, Kenneth L; Burdick, Donald W (1995) 2250 pages. Note this is the first edition. This resource has been fully revised in 2020. 

The Ryrie study Bible - Charles Ryrie (1978) 2142 pages. Conservative.  216 ratings

The Word in life Study Bible - Only covers the NT. Very interesting format. Not your routine study Bible. Worth checking (e.g., here is a picture of Jesus' post-resurrection appearances.)

Evangelical Commentary on the Bible - editor Walter Elwell (1989) 1239 pages. User reviews

New Bible Commentary - (1994) See user reviews 

MORE SERMONS AND
COMMENTARIES

HENRY ALFORD

GREG ALLEN

JOSEPH ADDISON ALEXANDER GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

Cyril Barber - Published posthumously in 1861 and covering (in detail) only chapters 1-16, this volume contains the same richness of thought and close attention to detail that is found in Alexander's other commentaries.

INDEX - Note that chapters 17-28 are only brief summaries.

STEVE ANDREWS

MICHAEL ANDRUS - click link for audio and notes - click "Notes" for pdf

WILLIAM BARCLAY

Comment: I appreciate Barclay's unique insights on Greek words, but clearly his teaching about a "second chance" is NOT sound doctrine! Be an Acts 17:11 Berean with Barclay. See discussion of his orthodoxy especially the article "The Enigmatic William Barclay".

ALBERT BARNES

BRIAN BELL

CHRIS BENFIELD

JOHANN A BENGEL

JOSEPH BENSON

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR

JIM BOMKAMP SERMONS MATTHEW

JOHN BROADUS - well done verse by verse

James Rosscup writes that "In many ways it is the finest and most satisfying overall older commentary on Matthew. It helps the student on almost every verse. Broadus deals frontally with problems and gives much rich material that throws light on the text. His citations from other sources are often very helpful. From the standpoint of the Greek text, he is also sound. This 1886 work, long a part of the American Commentary on the New Testament series, is still one of the best in detailed explanation of the text where it counts." (Ibid)

Rosscup rates this as the #2 best detailed exegetical commentary on Matthew.

Cyril Barber - Very complete. Tackles interpretative problems honestly. Provides "Homiletical and Practical" suggestions for preachers. Adopts an amillennial interpretation of Christ's parables and teaching about the Kingdom. Valuable.

D Edmond Hiebert - One of the ablest American commentaries on Matthew from the past century and still valuable for the systematic interpretation of the gospel. It is the work of an accomplished conservative scholar.

Note: Broadus does interpret Mt 24:15 as fulfilled in 70AD.

WILLIAM BURKITT

JOHN CALVIN interprets Mt 24:1521 ;as fulfilled in 70AD 

ALAN CARR

ARTHUR CARR

RICH CATHERS

OSWALD CHAMBERS My Utmost for His Highest

KNOX CHAMBLIN

ADAM CLARKE

THOMAS CONSTABLE

W A CRISWELL

RON DANIEL - Sermon Notes

JOHN DUMMELOW

J LIGON DUNCAN

EARLY CHURCH FATHERS

CHARLES ELLICOTT (editor) - Edward H Plumptre - author of Matthew

CHARLES R ERDMAN

D Edmond Hiebert A well-outlined paragraph-by-paragraph interpretation by a noted conservative Presbyterian teacher and writer. Intended for the lay reader. His understanding of the Olivet Discourse is premillennial.

This commentary is easy to read often with a devotional flavor.

EXPLORE THE BIBLE

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY - John Gibson

EXPOSITOR'S DICTIONARY OF TEXTS - excerpts from other sermons

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT - A B Bruce

D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. Provides introductory material on the synoptics in relation to each other and individually. The notes provide many illuminating insights for the Greek student. Due to its age, it does not reflect the latest insights concerning the Greek.

DON FORTNER

A C GAEBELEIN

GENE GETZ - 10+/- minute videos emphazing principles in each section of Scripture

  • Matthew; Principle #40; Mt. 16:1-12; p. 1315 False Teachers: We are to be on guard against being led astray by anyone who teaches false doctrine. Video
  • Matthew; Principle #41; Mt. 16:13-23; Satanic Influences: Even if our belief in Christ's deity is accurate, we are still to be on guard against Satan's efforts to influence our thinking and actions. Video
  • Matthew; Principle #42; Mt. 16:24-17:13;  Serving Faithfully: Even though we may have unanswered questions, we should serve Jesus Christ faithfully until He comes again. Video

JOHN GILL

GOSPEL COALITION

GOTQUESTIONS GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

L M GRANT

DAVID GUZIK

SCOTT GRANT

ROBERT HAWKER

MATTHEW HENRY

F B HOLE

DAVID HOLWICK - frequent illustrations

JAMES HASTINGS Matthew - Great Texts of the Bible

DAVID HOCKING

HOMILETICS - from Pulpit Commentary

  • Not Futuristic
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H A IRONSIDE

IVP COMMENTARY - Craig Keener

Click for Another Critique on Keener's commentary on Matthew

Tim Challies: Keener’s work receives high recommendations and significant warnings about the limits of its usefulness. It may also be going out of print since it is not available at Westminster Books and is currently available only from Amazon resellers. This is the kind of commentary I tend to avoid since I don’t consider myself sufficiently schooled to confidently sort through the weaknesses. However, most experts do recommend it with certain caveats. (Challies.com)

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN

S LEWIS JOHNSON

Futuristic on Matthew 24-25

LOWELL JOHNSON - MATTHEW 8-28 - click for sermons below

WILLIAM KELLY

STEVE KRELOFF - Messianic Pastor

PAUL KRETZMANN

LANGE'S COMMENTARY

JOHN LIGHTFOOT

JOHN MACARTHUR

Futuristic on Matthew 24-25 

JOHN MACARTHUR - QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

ALEXANDER MACLAREN

BRYN MACPHAIL - sermons

ROD MATTOON - excellent illustrations

J VERNON MCGEE

JAMES MCCULLEN - sermons

F B MEYER

HEINRICH A MEYER - Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament

G CAMPBELL MORGAN - Commentary

Hiebert - The prince of biblical expositors covers the entire gospel in a series of seventy-three biblical expositions. This volume on Matthew is the best of his expository volumes on the four gospels. Does not deal with critical introductory problems. The volume requires careful and intent reading, and offers many rich spiritual insights into Matthew's gospel.

JAMES MORISON

Hiebert comments on "A Practical Commentary on the Gospel According to St. Matthew" (1895) - The lengthy introduction covers critical problems and supports traditional Matthean authorship. This volume of some 650 closely printed pages offers a thorough interpretation by an accomplished conservative scholar of the previous century. It shows wide acquaintance with the scholarly work on the gospel to his day. (Ed: His comments are verse by verse, phrase by phrase, often with a devotional "flavor.")

HENRY MORRIS - Defender's Study Bible study notes - well-done, conservative

ANDREW MURRAY

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR

TOMMY NELSON

NET BIBLE NOTES - short notes including notes on passages where there is a variation in the manuscripts used for translation. Futuristic

PHIL NEWTON - sermons

JAMES NISBET - Church Pulpit Commentary

OUR DAILY BREAD

JOSEPH PARKER

PASTOR LIFE SERMONS - multiple different preachers

PETER PETT

JOHN PIPER

MATTHEW POOLE

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL

PRECEPT MINISTRIES

RAY PRITCHARD

PULPIT COMMENTARY

ROBERT RAYBURN

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE

GRANT RICHISON

A T ROBERTSON

DON ROBINSON - transcripts, conservative

ALLEN ROSS

GIL RUGH

BOOKLETS:

J C RYLE

PHILLIP SCHAFF

SERMON BIBLE

CHARLES SIMEON

CHUCK SMITH - Sermon Notes

C H SPURGEON

C H SPURGEON - EXPOSITION TO THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MATTHEW

Not Futuristic on Mt 24-25 See Commentary on Matthew in Pdf

SPURGEON'S EXPOSITIONS ON Matthew Commentary

NOTE: This is a different set of expository notes

DON STEWART - 385 pages (1997)

JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE

THIRD MILLENNIUM STUDY NOTES MATTHEW

TODAY IN THE WORD - Devotionals often with good sermon illustrations

JOHN TRAPP

BOB UTLEY

MARVIN VINCENT

DANIEL WALLACE

JOHN WALVOORD

DANIEL WHEDON

SERMONS BY VERSE

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