Having devoted the past ten years of his life to research for this major new work, John Nolland gives us a commentary on Matthew that engages with a notable range of Matthean scholarship and offers fresh interpretations of this most Jewish of the Gospels. Without neglecting Matthew's sources or historical background, Nolland's volume focuses on the story that Matthew tells and how it is told. Nolland maintains that the Gospel of Matthew reflects the historical ministry of Jesus with considerable accuracy, and he brings to the table new evidence for an early date of composition. With remarkable facility he connects Matthew's story with its source in Mark as well as with other parts of the biblical narrative. Other features of his commentary include an introduction summarizing key information, accurate translations of the Gospel based on the latest critical Greek text, and thorough bibliographies for each section. Students, teachers, and preachers of Matthew's Gospel will be delighted by these features no less than by Nolland's invaluable verse-by-verse comments.
On Matthew commentaries in general, here's my take:
1. Davies & Allison in the ICC series must have pride of place.
2. Craig S. Keener's commentary on Matt is probably the best evangelical one I have come across; almost encyclopedic in its collection of primary and secondary source references in the footnotes, and also very good for preaching.
3. Ulrich Luz in the continental commentary/hermeneia series is also a good read esp. his emphasis on wirkungsgeschichte.
4. Donald A. Hagner produces a useful commentary in the WBC series that is also worth noting.
5. On top of that, Blomberg in the NAC and Carson in the EBC are good on the coservative side too.
Ever wondered why no-one has written a volume on Matthew in the NICNT series - I believe it is because it is cursed - everyone assigned to write it has a habit of dying, e.g. Ned B. Stonehouse, Hermann Ridderbos, and Robert Guelich! Does anyone know who is down to do it now?
I've finished proof reading the whole thing and I've been converting my Word.docs into PDFs. Tommorrow I walk into my own private Gethsemane (the University Printery) and get it printed for examination. Followed by a lovely seminar on the Christology of Hebrews.