The visit of the Magi, the Sermon on the Mount, the Great Commission: these are only a few of the well-known passages in Matthew's Gospel. Yet it begins with a list of unknown names and apparently irrelevant 'begettings'. The early church may have placed Matthew first in the New Testament because it provides a Christian perspective on the relation between the church and the Jews, an issue that is still important today. R. T. France tackles this and other key issues in the Gospel with clarity, reliability and relevance.
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R. T. France
has taught at London Bible College and was principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, from 1989 to 1995. He has also been the rector of seven Anglican parishes. He is the author of Matthew in the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series, The Evidence for Jesus, Matthew: Evangelist and Teacher
, two volumes of Mark in both the Doubleday Bible Commentary
and the New International Greek Testament Commentary
, and Women in the Church's Ministry: A Test Case for Biblical Hermeneutics.ISBN: 9780830842315