Cynthia A. Jarvis and E. Elizabeth Johnson, Editors
Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, Ky. 413 pages.
Using the same formula as the excel- lent preaching commentary, “Feasting on the Word,” this new series focuses on the whole Gospel. This, of course, means it will be valuable for those who will teach the Gospel of Matthew as well as those who plan to preach on those passages that never find a place in the lectionary. The editors, a pastor and a professor, have assembled a stellar cast of skilled writers from the academy and the parish, providing commentary on four perspectives for each text: pastoral, theological, exegetical and homiletical. The variety of perspectives from an ecumenical company is rich food for reflection that will provoke further conversation. There are those that argue the biblical sermon has fallen on hard times, having been replaced by personal anecdotes, Internet “insights” and video clips of popular culture. For the tribe of preachers and teachers who are not willing to abandon their craft or their congregations to videos and anecdotes, this commentary will prove to be a valuable aid. Every passage is given thoughtful attention. In the end, the preaching and teaching will be better for it along with the congregations who hunger for satisfying food.