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0440 | Matthew for Everyone | Tom Wright

0440 | Matthew for Everyone | Tom Wright

Context: read this over a few months each morning with my beautiful leather NLT reference Bible

I was looking for something that would simply take me through the Gospels of the New Testament, something without a fancy cover and a website full of Flash videos and glitz, something understated and thus retaining a sense of scholarly erudition.

Tom Wright’s book is all of this and more. Written very simply and yet very profoundly, Matthew for Everyone really is Matthew for everyone. He writes so engagingly, so straightforwardly and so simply that you never find yourself wondering what he’s talking about or what you’re supposed to be getting from his writing. It’s very refreshing in an age where even material to help you study the Bible is subject to the same crass media-driven hype as any other segment of the publishing industry.

This book comes in two volumes and, in each, Wright has broken Matthew’s Gospel down into short sequences that can easily be read in 15 minutes. Perfect for that meditative escape from the busy-ness of life. You don’t even need a Bible to read it because Wright has also written his own translation of the passage in focus. This is followed by a few pages of teaching including historical and cultural insights, references to other key biblical passages, some form of story to relate it to modern life and a challenge for further thought.

This is an excellent, thorough and well-balanced study. I was very glad to find that he has in fact completed these studies for the entire New Testament. I’m already in Mark for Everyone. Revelation here I come!


In Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest, the hero is asked about his family background, and is forced to confess that he had lost both his parents.


This far into the book, some of the plot might be revealed. If you want to see the quote, click show


This might reveal the ending. If you want to see the quote, click show


0440 | Matthew for Everyone | Wright | 95% | Excellent

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