Commentary Recomendations: The Gospel of Matthew

Jonathco

Puritan Board Freshman
Hi Folks, I've endeavored to dive deep into the Gospel of Matthew this year, and I am thinking I'd like to pick up another commentary or two as I begin my studies.

I am just getting started with the following commentaries.
  • Matthew Henry's Commentary
  • Preaching the Word (Matthew), by Douglas Sean O'Donnell, R. Kent Hughes
  • Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of Matthew, by J.C. Ryle
I am looking to move thoroughly and slowly through Matthew this year. Any other "must haves" for Matthew's gospel?
 

Jonathco

Puritan Board Freshman
Maybe Calvin as well? I can attest to the JC Ryle one being very good though.
I've enjoyed Ryle's straight-forward commentary so far. Very readable. I'll look into securing Calvin's; it appears his covers Matthew, Mark, and Luke in one volume.
Tim Challies has one of the best lists for modern commentaries. See https://www.challies.com/resources/best-commentaries-on-matthew/

I agree about the value of Calvin and Ryle's commentaries. There is also CH Spurgeon's commentary on Matthew. This was the last book he wrote before he died. His wife helped finish it. It may be a spiritually profitable exercise to compare Spurgeon and Ryle side by side.
Interesting; I did not know Matthew was Spurgeon's last commentary. I'll check it out.
 

retroGRAD3

Puritan Board Sophomore
I've enjoyed Ryle's straight-forward commentary so far. Very readable. I'll look into securing Calvin's; it appears his covers Matthew, Mark, and Luke in one volume.

Interesting; I did not know Matthew was Spurgeon's last commentary. I'll check it out.
For the Calvin commentary, you can actually get the entire thing for very cheap in ebook form on Amazon:

 

greenbaggins

Administrator
Staff member
David Garland has a wonderfully compact but insightful commentary called Reading Matthew that I would highly recommend, as well as the much larger work by Knox Chamblin in the Mentor series (2 volumes) for more detailed work, in addition to the suggestions mentioned above.
 

Reformed Covenanter

Puritanboard Commissioner
I finished J. C. Ryle on Matthew fairly recently and I am currently reading him on Mark. After I am finished Mark, I will read him on Luke as well (having finished John a couple of months ago). While Ryle's Expository Thoughts are not critical commentaries and will not help those delving into the Greek, they are of immense help to the ordinary Christian who wants to learn the basic doctrinal and practical lessons from the passages in question. The only downside is that Ryle did not write similar expository thoughts on the entire Bible. Then again, perhaps it is a case of less is more?
 

Stephen L Smith

Moderator
Staff member
The only downside is that Ryle did not write similar expository thoughts on the entire Bible. Then again, perhaps it is a case of less is more?
He makes the comment in his expository thoughts on the gospels that he intended to follow this with expository comments on the book of Acts. I have not been able to find his expository comments on Acts. I assume he died before he got onto them?
 

Pilgrim

Puritanboard Commissioner
He makes the comment in his expository thoughts on the gospels that he intended to follow this with expository comments on the book of Acts. I have not been able to find his expository comments on Acts. I assume he died before he got onto them?
I suspect so. I wouldn't be surprised if practically everything he wrote has ended up being reprinted. Expository Thoughts on John was published in 1869 and he lived for another 30 years. Evidently he abandoned that idea.
 

Kinghezy

Puritan Board Sophomore
For the Calvin commentary, you can actually get the entire thing for very cheap in ebook form on Amazon:


If going digital, you can also read it for free online or via bible apps like the following (what I use):https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.bible.android.activity
 
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