In this commentary on Matthew, Russell Pregeant looks at Matthew as a story, full of rich characters and plot. He uses a literary approach to focus on the meaning of individual stories within the overall plot of the gospel, giving attention to the problems and potentials that arise out of competing strains of meaning within the text.
With sensitivity to contemporary social concerns, such as peace, economic justice, the rights of women, and our relationship to the natural world, Pregeant makes the gospel of Matthew come alive for readers, speaking to their needs and giving hope to people of today. He goes beyond biblical interpretation to offer theological reflection on issues raised for contemporary readers:
"A lively commentary on the gospel of Matthew that is conversant with modern scholarship and sensitive to contemporary concerns. Pregeant takes the best insights from current academic research and applies them to biblical passages in ways that are immediately relevant and accessible."
-Mark Allan Powell, Trinity Lutheran Seminary