The Gospel of Matthew (Brown, Roberts)

Check out the summary of our Matthew commentary at

Here’s the opening description:

In this unique, co-authored commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, a biblical scholar (Jeannine Brown) and a theologian (Kyle Roberts) have produced a work that includes detailed in-depth exegetical commentary. Integrative reflection on key biblical and theological themes that cut across the narrative storylines of Matthew and a constructive theological section engages with a variety of contemporary perspectives on Matthew, including emerging global voices, feminist scholars, and political thinkers.






Surprises in Matthew: On Commentary Release Day

The Gospel of Matthew in the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary series is out today (September 27).

If you’d like to read about the five big surprises in our Matthew commentary project, go to the Eerdmans Commentary Blog. Here’s the preview:

  1. The theme of justice is more prominent in Matthew than usually understood.
  2. A keen interest in Matthew’s genealogy when listening to global voices.
  3. The very Jewish Jesus in Matthew.
  4. The Holy Spirit as important theological locus in Matthew.
  5. Matthew’s surprisingly egalitarian motifs.


Upcoming Release: The Gospel of Matthew

In less than two weeks, our commentary The Gospel of Matthew, in the Two Horizons series, will be released (Eerdmans). Kyle Roberts and I have produced a volume that gives a theological commentary on Matthew in three parts:

  1. The Commentary Proper
  2. Thinking Theologically with Matthew, including chapters on kingdom, Christology, the Holy Spirit, discipleship, and the meaning of “the Messiah’s deeds” (11:2)
  3. Constructive Theological Engagement with Matthew, including chapters on:
    • Matthew’s Contribution to a New Testament Theology
    • Reading Matthew with Feminist Perspectives
    • Reading Matthew with Global Perspectives and Liberation Theologies
    • Reading Matthew Pastorally
    • Reading Matthew Politically
    • Reading Judaism Ethically in a Post-Holocaust Era

We trust that we are contributing some unique facets to the study of Matthew, especially as commentaries go. We are excited to provide a theological commentary on Matthew written collaborative by a biblical scholar and a theologian. Be sure to order your advanced copy…

What did “the gospel” mean in Jesus’ day?

Here’s the lead in to an article I wrote for the publication of the National Association of Evangelicals on the “Theology behind Euangelion.”

Jesus’ first words in Mark’s Gospel announce the impending arrival of God’s reign. “‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!’” (Mark 1:15). Although it is easy to think Jesus was the first to speak about the good news (euangelion in Greek), the origins of the “gospel” go further back. If we look for antecedents of announcements about “good news” tied to the reign of a king, we find two paths that prefigure Jesus’ proclamation.

Click here to read the rest…

Insights from the Greek

My contribution to Devotions on the Greek New Testament is highlighted in a blog post earlier this week. With an introduction like this, I’m sure everyone will be clamoring to read it :).

It’s not every day you’re invited to ponder the meaning of a collocation signifying clause. Yet Jeannine Brown invites us to do just that with διὰ τὸ ἔχειν in Philippians 1:7.