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Everyday Conversations with Matthew

John Holdsworth
SCM Press, 2019, £12.99, ISBN 978-0334057468

<strong>Everyday Conversations with Matthew</strong>

Everyday Conversations with Matthew is just the kind of book most preachers will appreciate. For one thing, it is not too big, yet it is packed with gems of wisdom and ways of making connections between the Gospel of Matthew and its twenty-first century readers or hearers. At last we have a book by a theologian and working minister that encourages not only exegesis of the text, but also eisegesis, a way of starting with contemporary experience and then looking to the text to see what is mirrored there.

The book is peppered with worthwhile ‘To Do’ sections, and realistic scenarios linked to different sections of Matthew. Let me give you a flavour:

Chapter 7: The Beginning of the End begins with the story of Sue and Derek. Sue attends a home group that has been studying Matthew’s Gospel. Derek is a sporadic church attender, mainly going to support his wife. He teaches maths and has a keen interest in science. The week he agrees to go to the study group, they are reading Matthew 23-25, the apocalyptic climax of Jesus’ teaching prior to the passion narrative. I leave you to imagine what might have been said!

This is a very helpful book, putting the Gospel of Matthew into a contemporary context, and suggesting some ways in which it might link with everyday experience. It is reasonably priced and a worthwhile addition to the shelf of preachers or home study leaders.

Liz Shercliff

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