2016 Q2: The Book of Matthew Author References

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Here you will find most of the sources referenced by the author of this quarter’s lessons. You can then decide whether you would like to get some of these resources for your own study. You can read all Ellen White books for free at EGWwritings.org. We list off-line options below. 

Many of the books are available in Kindle electronic format. But you don’t have to own a Kindle device. You can read the books on your computer, your tablet or your phone by downloading the reader for the PC, or the FREE app for mobile devices.

Main Book of Matthew Resources

Introduction to Book of Matthew

Lesson 1: Son of David

MatthewMarkLukeBibleBackgroundsMichael J. Wilkins,  Matthew, Mark, Luke: Volume One. (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary Book 1) Discover · How the springs at Hierapolis help us understand why Jesus described the church at Laodicea as “lukewarm” · The background and circumstances of certificates of divorce in Judaism · How Jewish dietary laws provided a powerful metaphor for God’s acceptance of the Gentiles Brimming with lavish, full-color photos and graphics

Lesson 2: The Ministry Begins

See several different editions of Desire of Ages:

Lesson 3: The Sermon on the Mount

  • Craig L. Blomberg, The New American Commentary: Matthew (Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 1992). NIV Bible text included. Readers find this commentary by Dr. Blomberg to be a very readable commentary because references to other authorities are kept to the footnotes. 
  • HumbleHeroEllen White, The Desire of Ages. Classic red cloth binding. 
  • KeenerCommentaryMatthewEllen G. White, Modern-language adaptation of Desire of Ages called Humble Hero.” 
  • The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2009), pp. 161, 162. Available in Kindle, Hardback or Paperback. Keener analyzes Matthews social-historical context, illuminating his unique perspective as an eastern Mediterranean Jewish believer. 
  • Ellen G. White, Thoughts from Mount of Blessings. This classic commentary on the Sermon on the Mount is a must-have in any Christian library, along with Steps to Christ. (I treasure my much-read leather-bound volume.) You will find yourself reading these over and over again and finding new insights each time. Years ago, these two books were published together either as leather-bound or as a hard-bound paperback volume entitled Love Unlimited, and you can still get these at a good price on Amazon.com

Lesson 4: “Get Up and Walk!” Faith and Healing

  • Francis D. Nichol, Ed., Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, Vol. 5. One used copy currently available at AbeBooks.com. (Click on link and search for title.) Compare with same volume available at the AdventistBookCenter.com.
  • A full set of The Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary : Eleven Volumes (Includes Commentaries, Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Source Book) is also currently available at AbeBooks.com. An 8-volume set is available at AventistBookCenter.com.
  • Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages. Classic hardcover black binding. 

Lesson 5: The Seen and the Unseen War

  • Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ. With cover of famous Harry Anderson painting of Christ knocking on the United Nations building. 
  • The International Standard Version (ISV) of the Bible. IISVn Kindle Format. The ISV is not a revision, but an entirely new translation from the original languages—the first time this has been done in decades. It’s been developed with a critical eye toward the computer age – the first translation completely developed for a computer-literate generation. Note that the complaints about indexing by one reviewer have been addressed and the current version is properly indexed. 

The intent of the translation is to be the KJV for a modern generation. 

  • NLT Bible translation
  • ExpositorsBibleCommentaryFrank E. Gaebelein (Editor), D. A. Carson The Expositor’s Bible Commentary With the New International Version: Matthew, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1995), pp. 266, 267.  This is part of a 12-volume set produced by 78 biblical scholars from many denominations. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary uses the New International Version for its English text, but also refers freely to other translations and to the original languages. Each book of the Bible has, in addition to its exposition, an introduction, outline, and bibliography. Notes on textual questions and special problems are correlated with the expository units; transliteration and translation of Semitic and Greek words make the more technical notes accessible to readers unacquainted with the biblical languages. In matters where marked differences of opinion exist, commentators, while stating their own convictions, deal fairly and irenically with opposing views.
  • My Father Bertrand Russell, by Katherine Tait (England: Thoemmes Press, 1997), p. 45. Available in Hardback and Paperback. 

Lesson 6: Resting in Christ

  • Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages
  • Not explicitly referenced by the author, but probably useful:
    The Jewish Annotated New Testament Kindle Edition, by Amy-Jill Levine. Although major New Testament figures–Jesus and Paul, Peter and James, Jesus’ mother Mary and Mary Magdalene–were Jews, living in a culture steeped in Jewish history, beliefs, and practices, there has never been an edition of the New Testament that addresses its Jewish background and the culture from which it grew–until now. The perspective is obviously, unapologetically Jewish. This commentary was written by scholars who believe Jesus was the Messiah. This volume is aimed at interfaith understanding and the translation is the NRSV, the most popular Protestant “Scholarly” translation. 
  • Socrates Scholasticus, Ecclesiastical History, Book 5, p. 289
    We could not find this exact volume listed, but we found a reasonably priced Kindle volume, edited by Philip Schaff, that should cover the material: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Series II: Vol. 2: Socrates Scholasticus and Sozomen: Ecclesiastical Histories Kindle Edition. (The low price may be in indicator that the book is merely scanned. If you find it unsatisfactory, you can always return the book. )

Lesson 7: Lord of Jews and Gentiles

  • Jon Paulien, John: The Abundant Life Bible Amplifier (Boise: Pacific Press Publishing Association, 1995) pp. 139, 140.
  • Craig Keener, The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary, p. 417.
  • Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages.

Lesson 8: Peter and the Rock

Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages,

Lesson 9: Idols of the Soul (and Other Lessons from Jesus)

Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages,

Lesson 10: Jesus in Jerusalem

Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages.

Lesson 11: Last Day Events

Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages.

[The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 499.]

Raoul Dederen, Ed. Handbook of Seventh-day Adventist Theology (Hagerstown: Review and Herald ?Publishing Association, 2000), p. 904. The editor’s name brings back fond memories of Dr. Dederen’s Sabbath School classes at Andrews University. 🙂

Lesson 12: Jesus’ Last Days

Ellen G. White, The SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5, p. 1101.

Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages.

Lesson 13: Crucified and Risen

Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages.

Is There Any Evidence for Jesus Outside the Bible?

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