The Gospel of Matthew is the first Gospel, in fact the first Book, in our New Testament. Because of this, Matthew is often the first Book of the New Testament that many read, and it is the first introduction to the life of Jesus for many people. This in and of itself makes Matthew an important Book and one that we should study.
G. Steve Kinnard has written a commentary on Matthew that is scholarly in approach, yet practical in scope. Steve began his study of Matthew by translating the Gospel from Greek into English. From that beginning he helps the reader understand the cultural setting of the Gospels and how that helps us correctly understand the text. He describes the historical, geographical, economic and cultural background of Matthew.
Once the task of determining the correct meaning is done, Steve helps apply that meaning to our day and our lives. Steve points out that the Gospel of Matthew is bold, clear, inspiring and readable. No wonder the early church placed this Gospel before the others. Reading this Book will help you to know Jesus better than ever, as Matthew has the longest portrayal of Jesus. You will see how Jesus is the fulfillment of Old Testament hopes and prophecy and you'll see clearly that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah and the King.