One of the finest volumes ever produced on the gospel of Matthew. John A. Broadus was perhaps one of America's greatest biblical scholars. His Commentary on Matthew offers rich treasures for pastors, teachers, and all bible students. Charles Spurgeon deemed Broadus the “greatest of living preachers."
About the Author
John Albert Broadus (1827-1895) was born in Virginia and was educated at the University of Virginia. A Baptist scholar, teacher and preacher, Broadus was assistant professor of Latin and Greek at the University of Virginia and as well as pastor of a Baptist church. In 1859 he became professor of New Testament Interpretation and Homiletics at the newly founded Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and served as its president from 1889 until his death.
I must admit that I thought that this book was out of print. I read Broadus' commentary on the book of Matthew in 1983 when attending Bible college. Since that time I have often borrowed a copy of the book from others for reference sake. This book details the first book of the New Testament with amazing scholarship. Broadus digs deep into the 1st Century A.D. and brings out the manners and customs of the day and uses the information to bring color to the Biblical story of Jesus Christ's life as recorded by Matthew. It also cross references to the other three gospels and puts together a detailed and complete record of Christ's journey on earth.
I like the book because it takes the subject seriously and seeks to examine the very words in the Book of Matthew -- not just paraphrase it as I have often seen other authors do. It is not a novel -- it is a reference guide must for anyone serious about knowing the gospel according to Matthew.