There are two published commentaries written by R.T. France written on the Gospel of Matthew. One is part of the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) series the other is part of the Tyndale New Testament Commentary (TNTC) series. This review is for France’s commentary written for the Tyndale New Testament Commentary, if you would like see a review for the other volume please check blog.
This commentary is significantly smaller than the volume in the NICNT yet it is not meant to be a massive all inclusive commentary. The TNTC is a introductory commentary focused on uneducated pastors and laymen. Some of these commentaries do have a scholastic flair to them as the volume by France does. Larger than the typical TNTC, weighing in at just over 400 pages, it not only has a full introduction to the Gospel of Matthew, the commentary section will truly aid the busy pastor searching for aid in his exegesis of the text.
With regard to the usefulness of the commentary proper, the comments are laid out in traditional TNTC commentary fashion, short paragraphs that get strait to the point. Sometimes individual verses are examined, but more often than not a section of verses is handled in a paragraph. This is not to besmirch the quality of the comments, rather to elevate the compact nature of the commentary.
I was recently preaching in the Gospel of Matthew and I found this commentary helpful and useful, and to the frugal pastor definitely worth the price. Yet I would not use this commentary on its own, a more heavy weight exegetical commentary should be paired with it to truly understand certain aspects of the text.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.