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The Gospel of Matthew: Vol. 2, Chapters 11-28 (The Daily Study Bible Series, Revised Edition)
Dr. Barclay clarifies these and many other interesting and perplexing matters in this second volume of The Gospel of Matthew. As usual in the series, the "lessons" are arranged for daily reading. The text comes first in Dr. Barclay's own translation, followed in each case by his commentary.
Paperback, 378 pages
Published June 1st 1975 by Westminster John Knox Pr
(first published 1958)
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William Barclay was an excellent interpreter of the teachings of Jesus. He translated the New Testament from its early Greek format. His method was to endeavor to convey the meaning of Jesus' teachings, rather than to ensure his translations conformed to the doctrine of a given Christian sect. For this reason, I feel they are the most useful translations of the New Testament gospels. As with his several other books on the New Testament, this Gospel of Matthew is well worth reading. Barclay's two ...more
The Gospel of Matthew Volume Two by William Barclay is a very informative and comprehensive study on the gospel according to Saint Matthew. This second volume gives vivid insights to this sacred book of Saint Matthew and covers chapters eleven through twenty-eight. Dr Barclay takes a courageous stand on the teaching of Matthew and presents the teaching of Jesus in a unique way. In truth, each chapter is carefully explained in a verse by verse format, and great care is given to Jesus’ parables, m ...more
I really enjoy Barclay's commentary. He blends historical detail, analysis of different translations from Greek, Aramaic, etc, primary sources from the ancient world, as well as various points of view on interpretation to present a thoughtful and in depth look at and explanation of the scriptures. He is very easy to read and I found myself utterly fascinated by the Uist rial perspective in particular that he brought to such a familiar Gospel. His own faith comes shining through, as well. While I ...more
William Barclay's commentaries are well-written and scholarly. Although I frequently disagree with his perspective on some of the verses in Matthew (he occasionally seems to read more into them than I feel would be a normal "leap" of conjecture), he is certainly my favorite commentator. He incorporates good linguistic knowledge with good historical knowledge, which helps in the understanding of Matthew.
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