I recently received an exam copy of Ian Boxall's new work Discovering Matthew. This is one of two texts published so far in the new Discovering Biblical Texts series, published by Eerdmans; the other is Discovering John by Ruth Edwards. The goal with the series, as the name suggests, is to help the reader discover the particular book by working through key issues, questions, and themes presented by the text. This series distinguishes itself by focusing not only on structure, content, and theology, but also by paying attention to interpretive debates and reception history.
Working through Boxall's text over the last week or so was a very pleasant read. Roughly the first third of the book deals with foundational issues of text, historical background, social context, etc., what might in other contexts be considered introduction. The balance of the book addresses key themes in Matthew, following a very broad outline of the book. All along the way Boxall references important interpretations and interpreters, giving the reader a good education on the history of interpretation of Matthew's Gospel. His essential argument throughout is that Matthew's text is polyvalent, resisting categorization and reduction at every turn. Consequently, the reader must bring numerous tools and approaches to the text to understand it fully. So one added benefit of this text is that the reader is exposed to various interpretive approaches generally, which are then applied to Matthew specifically. (On a tangential note, I recommend to you his chapter 13, "Conclusions: Interpreting Matthew Today" as a helpful example of how a postmodern hermeneutic can positively approach the text.)
I can't say that I agree with Boxall on all his conclusions, but that's not the point of his text. Rather, the point is the thoroughness with which he sets out the options and suggests a framework for approaching Matthew. On that score, his text does a great job. Recommended strongly for those who are beginning a deep dive into the first Gospel.