Richard B. Gardner invites readers to explore the dramatic story of Jesus which Matthew tells. He connects that story to the first-century world of its author and early readers. The commentary then shows how Matthew has shaped the church and still speaks to the life of the Christian community.
Gardner probes each section for its meaning in the wider biblical context and in the life of the church. Thus readers are prepared to wrestle with Jesus’ gospel and mission, starting small, but for all nations. Ends with essays, an extensive bibliography, and a list of select resources.
Richard B. Gardner is a teacher and writer who effectively bridges the worlds of scholarly study of Scripture and Bible study in the local church. An ordained minister of the Church of the Brethren, he has prepared Bible study curriculum and led seminars and workshops both for his own denomination and for the larger church. Gardner did his doctoral work at the University of Wurzburg in Germany, where he received the D. Theol. degree summa cum laude in 1973.