Exegetical Commentary on Matthew

by Glen H. Jones

Eminent Greek scholar and prolific author Spiros Zodhiates has added another scholarly exegetical commentary. In his foreword the author outlines his conservative evangelical beliefs on the Trinity, creation, Satan and the Fall of humanity, salvation, and hell. Even a cursory reading of this commentary reveals the author's high regard for the integrity of the Scriptures.

The author's exegetical approach allows the reader to more clearly interpret Scripture by looking at the meaning of the words and how tense, mode, voice, number, case, and number illumine the text. Both the novice and the advanced student of biblical Greek will profit from Zodhiates' clear and concise exegesis and commentary.

Some of the writer's conclusions shed light on today's perplexing problems. Concerning the Virgin Birth, he comments on Matthew 1:20: "The embryo in Mary's womb is called literally, that which is begotten.' This pushes life back to conception, not to some later stage of development." Concerning blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, he writes: "any sin or blasphemy against the Son of man can be forgiven. But blasphemy against the One who reveals the truth about Christ cannot be forgiven."

The writer comments extensively on the Kingdom parables: tares, the hidden treasure, the pearl of great price, the dragnet, the householder, the landholder, the two sons, the vineyard, the wedding feast, the ten virgins, and the talents. These parables are consummated in the Second Coming of Christ, as shown in the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24, 25). "The Second Coming of the Lord Jesus will begin with the snatching away of believers to be with Him in glory. The Greek word parousa describes the Lord's physical return to earth. The parousa includes the Day of Christ (rapture) followed by the Tribulation and then the Day of the Lord.

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