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Matthew: Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC)

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The Gospel of Matthew brings out treasures old and new.

Charles L. Quarles demonstrates that the Gospel of Matthew is foremost a testimony about Jesus. Each pericope centers on Jesus and reveals something about who he is, what he has done, and what his disciples should do in response. Quarles teases out Matthew’s unique theological presentation of Jesus’s identity and work. Jesus is the new and greater Moses and the new and greater David who fulfills Old Testament hopes by establishing God’s covenant and kingdom. This Gospel invites us to know and worship Jesus, who makes all things new.

Praise for Matthew: Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary

This is truly an invaluable resource both for the academic and for all who are seriously engaged in the ministry of the word within the church.

–David R. Bauer, Ralph Waldo Beeson Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies and dean of the School of Biblical Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary

Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary series

The Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC) series locates each biblical book within redemptive history and illuminates its unique theological contributions. All EBTC volumes feature informed exegetical treatment of the biblical book and thorough discussion of its most important theological themes in relation to the canon—all in a style that is useful and accessible to students of Scripture and preachers of the word.

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  • Title: Matthew: Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC)
  • Author: Charles L. Quarles
  • Series: Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC)
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Pages: 920
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 5.5x8.5
  • ISBN: 9781683596585

Charles L. Quarles is research professor of New Testament and biblical theology and Charles Page Chair of Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is author of A Theology of Matthew: Jesus Revealed as Deliverer, King, and Incarnate Creator, and Matthew (Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament).


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  1. Sean



    A legendary volume! My wife and I LOVE the biblical theology insights in this book! Highly recommend.
  2. Bella Schroeder
    Matthew one of the four canonical Gospels, holds an important place in the bible and Christian tradition. Quarles' work offers readers a thoughtful and comprehensive exploration of this vital text. This commentary is also a commendable addition to scholarship and exegesis. "Although believers' present circumstances may make them wonder if they are experiencing God's favor, they are truly blessed. Genuine disciples of Jesus who manifest the characteristics described in the Beatitudes are heirs of the coming kingdom, sons and daughters of God who will be princes and princesses when the messianic kingdom comes. They should have deep joy now as they anticipate that perfect future without sin or tears in which they will enjoy perfect fellowship with God and one another." Quarles brings his expertise to provide the readers with a clear and accessible analysis of the Gospel of Matthew. What sets this commentary apart from others is the balance it has between scholarly rigor and readability. While it is a valuable resource for theologians, pastors, and seminary students, it is a source that pretty much anyone could read and deepen their understanding of the Gospel of Matthew. Quarles addresses the theological themes and messages that are embedded in the Gospel of Matthew. He carefully explores the topic of the Kingdom of God, the Sermon on the Mount, and the identity of Jesus as Messiah. He handles these topics with ease as he engages various theological perspectives without imposing his own bias. "The Beatitudes end with a reference to the persecution that Jesus's disciples will experience because of their righteousness. This section assures the disciples that some people will react to their righteousness much more positively-by glorifying the heavenly Father." One of the biggest strengths of this commentary is Quarles' attention to the historical and cultural context in which Matthew was written. He skillfully unwraps the nuances of the first-century Jewish society, shedding light on the customs, beliefs, and political landscape of the time. This allows the reader to grasp the significance of various events and teachings within Matthew's narrative. One notable feature of this commentary is the inclusion of charts, maps, and diagrams. This enhances the reader's comprehension and allows for visual aids to fill in the gaps. It provides aids for geographical locations, genealogies, and timelines, making it easier to navigate the Gospel's complex narrative. "Although believers' present circumstances may make them wonder if they are experiencing God's favor, they are truly blessed. Genuine disciples of Jesus who manifest the characteristics described in the Beatitudes are heirs of the coming kingdom, sons and daughters of God who will be princes and princesses when the messianic kingdom comes. They should have deep joy now as they anticipate that perfect future without sin or tears in which they will enjoy perfect fellowship with God and one another." Charles L. Quarles's commentary on Matthew is a commendable work that effectively bridges the gap between academic rigor and accessibility. Anyone striving to gain a deeper understanding of the book of Matthew, whether you are a theologian, a pastor, a student, or someone striving for a deep understanding of the book of Matthew this would be the perfect commentary for you.
  3. Aaron Lee

    Aaron Lee


    Charles L. Quarles’ commentary on Matthew is the latest in the Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary (EBTC) series from Lexham Press. At over 800 pages, this is one of the longer commentaries in the series, and it is packed full of insight and illumination. Christological Titles My favorite part of this series is the section on biblical-theological themes. Quarles begins with Christological titles and the Son of Man. He brought great understanding to Christ’s human appearance, but also his divine revelation as coming with the clouds of heaven. I was most moved to learn of how Christ’s title of Immanuel serves as an inclusio for the book, beginning and ending with the fact that Jesus is God with us. I appreciated Quarles’ attention to detail throughout the book. He is comprehensive, seeking to help the reader grasp the entirety of the book. He spends a considerable amount of time explaining the genealogy of Jesus, showing how his coming is the pinnacle of Old Testament history. Furthermore, by including four gentile women in his genealogy, he confirms that “Jesus is the son of Abraham, the promised seed in whom all nations will be blessed, even Canaanites, Moabites, and Hittites.” This theme is echoed throughout the Gospel, and how it must be spread to all nations. True, Everlasting, and Eternal Rest I was most happy to read in Matthew 11, and how Christ’s invitation to rest comes before the discussion of two Sabbath controversies in Matthew 12. I felt the weight that the Pharisees placed on people, and I saw that Jesus is truly the Lord of the Sabbath in that he provides true, everlasting, and eternal rest for our souls. Parables are prominent in Matthew, and Quarles’ does an excellent job of addressing them thoroughly. He makes note of representations and symbolisms, bringing in knowledge of Old Testament imagery. Traditions and Customs Quarles also has command of traditions and customs in Jesus’ time. When the disciples were questioning who would be greatest in the kingdom of Heaven, most rabbis taught that adults had nothing to learn from children. “Jesus reversed the normal order by turning adults into pupils and little children into teachers. Jesus’ s disciples needed to look to them to learn the lesson of humility.” I was challenged to have child-like faith, wonder, and dependence in my own spiritual life. I was also struck by God’s great love for his children. We need our Heavenly Father more than anything and he is more than happy to help us. Quarles’ exegesis on The Olivet Discourse is extensive. While there seems to be a delay in Christ’s return, we should still see it as imminent. The proper response is to care for our fellow-servant and actively invest in the kingdom of God. Get a Closer Look at Jesus Interestingly, Quarles focuses on the three women who came to watch Christ’s crucifixion: Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of Jesus, and Salome — the mother of the sons of Zebedee. Christ’s care, love, and honor towards women is an example we still need today. This book is an outstanding entry in the Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary series. There is treasure to be found in every section. Get a closer look at Jesus, feel his presence, and be inspired to spread the Good News. I received a media copy of Matthew and this is my honest review.
  4. Yeonghwi Jo

    Yeonghwi Jo


    This commentary is truly a "biblical theology" commentary, meaning that the author consistently interacts with the primary source, the text of Matthew's Gospel, itself and reasonably draws exegetical meanings and theological/practical implications out of it. Yet, at the same time, as interpreting the text, the author is informed and guided by early sources, such as Josephus, Philo, the DDS, the Mishnah, Tosefta, the Jerusalem and Babylonian Talmuds, and the Targums as well as modern secondary sources. The author's advanced scholarship will give new lights and insights to those who strive to interpret the first Gospel. Especially, readers will greatly benefit from the "Bridge" sections that connect Matthew's texts with the OT and the rest of the NT. It is also an "evangelical" commentary, meaning that the author is devoted to the message of the gospel that Jesus Christ is the only hope for the dying world. My favorite section of this commentary is its interpretation of the Olivet Discourse (Matt 24). It gave me a new light to understand how Jesus's prophecies have been/will be fulfilled.
  5. Larry Hubbard
    My journey with Christ has benefited from reading this commentary! So wonderful because it is biblical and doctrinal in its foundation and the application flows from the text. Your life and ministry will be strengthened. Everyone from the lay person to the scholar will benefit.
  6. Josh Engen

    Josh Engen


    I was able to review this commentary while studying under Dr. Quarles for a Matthew seminar. It is outstanding! It is helpful both academically and pastorally, referencing it week to week as I am preaching through the Gospel of Matthew. He provides the most Jewish background that I have seen in a commentary and also makes it readable and to the point. He also does a great job of connecting themes throughout the book and to the OT.


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