Friday, October 15, 2010
Grant Osborne's Commentary On Matthew
Some readers may be interested in knowing that Grant Osborne's commentary on Matthew in the Zondervan Exegetical Commentary series, which went through a lot of delays, just came out. My copy arrived yesterday from amazon.com. It's more than a thousand pages long, but the print and spacing are somewhat large, so the page length is misleading. I haven't had time to read much of it yet. My initial impression is that it goes into moderate depth. It doesn't seem as good as, say, Craig Keener's or R.T. France's for my purposes. The intention of the Zondervan series is to produce what I would call a moderate level commentary, one in which interaction with "critical scholarship" "does not dominate" (back cover). Regardless of whether it "dominates", I'd prefer to see more of it than this commentary provides. It's a good commentary written from a conservative Evangelical perspective, but don't let the length of it mislead you.