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Overview The director of Hebrew studies and professor of Old Testament interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary takes a fresh look at this book of origins---of the universe, of humanity, and of the nation of Israel. Is fully conversant with the latest rhetorical methods; all important Hebrew concepts and terms are carefully explained. 475 pages, softcover. Cambridge University.
Publishers Description This commentary is an innovative interpretation of one of the most profound texts of world literature: the book of Genesis. The first book of the Bible has been studied, debated, and expounded as much as any text in history, yet because it addresses the weightiest questions of life and faith, it continues to demand our attention. The author of this new commentary combines older critical approaches with the latest rhetorical methodologies to yield fresh interpretations accessible to scholars, clergy, teachers, seminarians, and interested laypeople. It explains important concepts and terms as expressed in the Hebrew original so that both people who know Hebrew and those who do not will be able to follow the discussion. Closer Look sections examine Genesis in the context of cultures of the Ancient Near East. Bridging the Horizons sections enable the reader to see the enduring relevance of the book in the twenty-first century."
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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series New Cambridge Bible Commentary
ISBN 052100067X ISBN13 9780521000673
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More About Bill T. Arnold
Dr. Bill T. Arnold is the Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation. He joined Asbury Theological Seminary’s faculty in 1995. While at Asbury, Dr. Arnold has served as Vice President of Academic Affairs/Provost, Director of Postgraduate Studies, Chair of the Area of Biblical Studies and Director of Hebrew Studies.
Dr. Arnold is an Elder in the United Methodist Church and pastored churches for six years before moving into Extension Ministry. He holds his ordination with the Kentucky Annual Conference of the UMC. His current Charge Conference is First United Methodist Church, Lexington, Ky.
Dr. Arnold has written or edited nine books, including most recently Genesis (New Cambridge Bible Commentary Series; Cambridge University Press, 2009). He served as editor of the Old Testament notes for The Wesley Study Bible (Abingdon, 2009), and contributed its study notes on Genesis. He also served as co-translator of Genesis for the Common English Bible (Abingdon, 2011).
In 2010, Dr. Arnold was awarded a Lilly Faculty Fellowship for his proposal to study the oneness or singularity of God in the Old Testament. In 2003, Dr. Arnold was named alumnus-in-residence at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Dr. Arnold and his wife, Susan, have three grown sons.
SPANISH BIO: Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) es Director de Estudios Hebreos y Profesor de Antiguo Testamento y de Lenguas Semiticas en el Seminario Teologico Asbury, en Wilmore, Kentucky. Es autor de la obra 'Encountering the Book of Genesis' y tambien coautor de 'Encountering the Old Testament' y de 'A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax'. Bill y su esposa Susan tienen tres hijos y viven en Lexington, Kentucky.
Bill T. Arnold currently resides in the state of Kentucky. Bill T. Arnold has an academic affiliation as follows - Asbury Theological Seminary, Kentucky.
Reviews - What do customers think about Genesis (New Cambridge Bible Commentary)?
Great for Reading Cover to Cover Rather Than Consulting on Particular Verses Feb 25, 2009
This is a very learned and interesting book. Bill Arnold was my Hebrew professor 15 years ago at Ashland Seminary, and I was looking forward to this book. Dr. Arnold believes that Genesis should be read as proto-history and as Israel's national epic. Generally speaking, the commentary has more exegesis and reflection on chapters 1-22, thinner comments on chapters 23-36 (summing up the Jacob-Laban narrative in one section), and a fuller discussion of the Joseph Novel (Genesis 37-50).
He makes some shrewd insights based on the Hebrew text. He notes that Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit because they wanted to become shrewd, but instead, they became aware that they were nude (shrewd and nude are very similar words in Hebrew). Arnold also mentions that the shorter and shorter lifespans leading up to Abraham could be because of the consequences of sin.
There is a full discussion of Abraham's life. He notes that Lot based his decision on choosing the land east of the Jordan based on what he saw, but that Abraham based his future on what God wanted him to see.
Arnold believes in something like the JEDP theory of Pentateuchal composition, but he does his level best to interpret the text as we have it. He does show that the repetitions in Genesis 6-9 are strong evidence for a multitextual tradition behind the narrative.
He also believes that Genesis 37-50 were composed independently of the rest of Genesis (though we see many of the same themes), and that this section could be the finest narrative in the Old Testament.
I think that this is a good, fast reading book. You should read it to get a feel for the ebbs and flows of Genesis. I thoroughly enjoyed it in this way. But it is not the best source for sermon preparation because many individual verses are not commented on, and it is often hard to find exegetical information on a given verse. Read Waltke or Sailhamer or Westermann or Mathews for sermon prep. Read this for personal enrichment and understanding of the whole.