Charles L. Quarles. A Theology of Matthew: Jesus Revealed as Deliverer, King, and Incarnate Creator. Explorations in Biblical Theology. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2013. 15-page sample PDF.
The endorsements for this book are well-deserved:
- Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary: Quarles has authored a wonderful introduction to the theology of Matthew. It is accurate, yet accessible; thorough, yet succinct; true to the text, yet with excellent suggestions for contemporary significance. Abreast of the best of recent scholarship, Quarles wears his academic garb lightly. Highly recommended.
- Douglas J. Moo, Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies, Chair of the Committee on Bible Translation, Wheaton College: Using key Old Testament figures and themes as his framework, Charles Quarles summarizes very nicely Matthew’s main theological ideas. The book is marked by an admirable combination of biblical exposition and practical application.
- Jason Meyer, Pastor for Preaching and Vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church: This is biblical theology at its finest. Dr. Quarles is closely tethered to the text, attentive to allusions from the Old Testament, and unrelenting in his emphasis on the one-of-a-kind glory of Jesus as God. I commend this book very highly. It will stoke a fire in your heart and create a burning desire to herald the glories of Jesus from the treasures, new and old, in the gospel of Matthew.
- J. I. Packer, Regent College: An up-to-the-minute, mid-range, pastorally focused collection of Explorations in Biblical Theology.
- Wayne Grudem, Phoenix Theological Seminary:
Neither superficial nor highly technical. . . . Reformed theology as it is most helpfully taught.
- Darrell L. Bock, Senior Research Professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary: Here is a work that focuses well on Matthew’s presentation of Jesus. It is a biblical theology seen through christological glasses that sees in Jesus’ shadow Moses, David, Abraham, Israel, and the creation. It shows well how Jesus’ story is ultimately important to all of us. That is well worth reflection in the directions Quarles points us, filling a need that those who study Matthew can be grateful now has been filled.
- Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary: A superb treatment of important theological themes in the first gospel. Carefully researched and written in a scholarly fashion, the book is also an easy and enjoyable read that laypersons can engage with great profit. That is a remarkable feat, and Charles Quarles has accomplished it with excellence!