"Matthew "is the third volume in the forty-volume Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. This commentary, like each in the series, is designed to serve the church--through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth--and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.
Hardcover, 267 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Brazos Press
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This is not the typical commentary that we are used too. Focusing more on the theological side of interpreting the Scriptures this commentary comes off more homiletically than scientifically. Hauerwas does not spurn the historical situations of the writer or what the context of whats being written, but the point is something deeper than that. Hauerwas makes connections inside and outside the text that older commentators used to do (much like the Church Fathers this series is trying to emulate)....more
This book does what many commentaries fail to do: it gets to the heart and soul of the text practically speaking. Instead of getting caught up in nit-picky details, or theological debates, or religion as we understand it today, it asks us more existential questions like how do i live a good life. We may say that this is a mere 'ethical' question best left for the philosophers to theorize about whether Aristotle or Kant was right (I can say this as a philosopher), and that The Bible and the gospe...more
If you are into commentaries or want to think along with Hauerwas as he reads Matthew this is user friendly text. To me, maybe a little too friendly. Hauerwas' perspective as a post-liberal orthodox theologian gives in too much at times to the text of Matthew. Hauerwas challenges the reader but not the writer of Matthew, at least not enough for me. Hauerwas is strong on feeding the poor, he stays true to being a pacifist, however, he wobbles on a few other social issues that concern me - however...more
Stanley Hauerwas (PhD, Yale University) is the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of numerous books, including Cross-Shattered Christ, A Cross-Shattered Church, War and the American Difference, and Matthew in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible.More about Stanley Hauerwas...
America's Best Theologian according to Time Magazine (2001), though...more