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Exploring the Gospel of Matthew by John Phillips


Books in the John Phillips Commentary Series are designed to provide pastors, Sunday school teachers, and students of the Scripture with doctrinally sound interpretation that emphasizes the practical application of Bible truth. Working from the familiar King James Version, Dr. Phillips not only provides helpful commentary on the text, but also includes detailed outlines and numerous illustrations and quotations. Anyone wanting to explore the meaning of God’s Word in greater depth—for personal spiritual growth or as a resource for preaching and teaching—will welcome the guidance and insights of this respected series. (From the Publisher’s Website)


Matthew’s book, which begins within the narrow limits of Jewish thought, soon opens up, for the second chapter introduces the wise men from the East who came to worship the Christ. And the book ends with the Lord’s commission to take the gospel into all the world. When Matthew wrote, he had lived long enough to see that God’s purposes in grace were wider than those allowed by the myopia of the Sanhedrin.


When I was first exposed to John Phillips commentaries, I was impressed with his ability to make everything fit into a highly-detailed, alliterative outline. He seems to have an unusual command of the English language that is showcased in his expansive vocabulary.

Dr. Phillips expositions of scripture were very instructive to me as a young believer. He helped me see the importance of treating the whole of scripture with studious care. I do not always agree with his teaching but I do appreciate his attention to detail. He had a good working knowledge of the Greek language and was studied in the cultures of the biblical writers. This shines through in his commentary on the book of Matthew.

Some things to be aware of when opening his commentaries are these: he was dispensational-premillennial in his approach to eschatology and he used the King James Version exclusively which means he did not deal with textual variants. He also teaches from his viewpoint without really providing counterpoints for differing views (i.e. dispensationalism). Overall, this is a good commentary series for those who are beginning to study the bible or for teachers with little preparation time. As always, read with a critical and discerning mind. Ask questions of the author and scrutinize his arguments to see if they hold up to scripture.

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Book Details:

  • Author: John Phillips

  • Publisher: Kregel

  • Format: Hardcover

  • Page Count: 560

  • ISBN#: 978-0825433924

  • List Price: $31.99

About the Author:

John Phillips served as assistant director of the Moody Correspondence School as well as director of the Emmaus Correspondence School, one of the world’s largest Bible correspondence ministries. He also taught in the Moody Evening School and on the Moody Broadcasting radio network. (From the Publisher’s Website)

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I received this book free from Kregel in exchange for my unbiased opinion.

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