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Spurgeon’s Commentary on Matthew – A Review by Jeremy Walker

Category Book Reviews
Date March 15, 2011

A product of Spurgeon’s last years, this1 is the only complete commentary on a book he wrote (excepting his treatment of the Psalms, which was in some senses more of a compendium of others’ comments). You will forgive me for saying it is magnificently Spurgeonic: from its opening paragraph, Spurgeon points us to Christ and never once loses sight of him in all the pages that follow. With laudable brevity, wry wit, proverbial pithiness, earnest devotion, vigorous plainness and gripping earthiness, Spurgeon paints his portrait of the King of kings, bringing the beauties of the Lord Christ into sharp relief and sweet expression. Other commentaries may provide an anatomically correct model of this Gospel, but Spurgeon gives you its beating heart.

Profitable for personal Bible study or private devotion, useful for family worship, stimulating for preachers, it is a joy to see this newly-typeset and well-bound edition of Spurgeon’s Matthew once more available. If I could for a moment adopt the plural so beloved of Spurgeon, our only minor gripe is that the header on each page does not note which chapter we are in (as in Passmore & Alabaster’s original), which would greatly aid us in our finding our way around the volume in a hurry.

Notes

Jeremy Walker is Joint Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, West Sussex. This review first appeared on his blog, and is used with kind permission.

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