This book should receive either four or five stars. Here's the five-star review: If you like Hauerwas and his other works, you will greatly enjoy this book. Hauerwas uses the teachings of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew as a springboard to dive into a pool of reflection. Primarily, he seems to want to explore the political implications (as he sees them) of Jesus' words. It is a work of theology, and, as I said, if you appreciate Hauerwas, you should and will like this book very much. It is very well written and includes an abundance of connections between Matthew and the rest of the Bible, such as the life of Jesus as a re-telling of the story of Israel itself.
However, I give it four stars. Here's the four-star review in brief: If you want a COMMENTARY on the book written by MATTHEW--I would look elsewhere. Overall it's still a very good book, but not what I would call a commentary. It depends on what you are looking for.
'There will be those who find this commentary a breath of fresh air. There is certainly much to challenge and inspire Christian readers.' Biblical Literature, November 2007
This commentary brings the stimulating insights of world-renowned theologian Stanley Hauerwas to the first Gospel. This volume, like each in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible, is designed to serve the church--through aid in preaching, teaching, study groups, and so forth--and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.