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Matthew (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible)

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This third volume in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible brings the stimulating insights of one of today's most exciting theologians to the first Gospel.
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Published January 1st 2007 by Brazos Press
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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
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
Hauerwas writes clearly and directly; he consistently says things that make me think about familiar passages in entirely new ways. Flipping back through my journal, I don't have the patience to count how many quotes I copies out from this commentary.

Here is just one quote of the many that stood out to me: [About Matthew ch.18]: "Peter rebukes Jesus because he fears Jesus will be humiliated, but without humiliation few of us will ever find the way to be one of Jesus's little ones. Humiliation is
One of those guys with whom I disagree quite strongly on some matters (his anti-Constantinianism chiefly) and yet still feel I'm very much on his side. The commentary is penetrating, not verse-by-verse but makes you think afresh about each chapter as a whole, powerfully bringing alive again the radical nature of what is being said.
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
Brian White
This is an excellent theological commentary on the book of Matthew. If you are expecting the typical verse by verse commentary you will need to look elsewhere. However, I really enjoyed Hauerwas' deep theological insights into Matthew's gospel and the Christian faith. I used this commentary as I preached through Matthew during Year A in the Revised Common Lectionary and found it to be a wonderful theological companion for preaching and personal growth.
Rather than a commentary on Matthew this is an anthology of Hauerwasian thinking through the paradigm formed by the Matthew text. Once that is accepted, it becomes a forceful, and perhaps resourceful, read.
great read. It was fun to be able to read through a whole commentary. Hauerwas was himself, sometimes profound, sometimes quoting profundity, sometimes not and making you feel better about yourself.
Great bit of Hauerwas on Matthew.
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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.

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