Item description for Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15 (Word Biblical Commentary #1) by Gordon J. Wenham & Thomas Nelson Publishers...
Overview The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.
Recent scholarship has shown a marked preference for a simpler analysis of Genesis, says Dr. Gordon Wenham, and with this trend his commentary identifies.
Dr. Wenham has a remarkable gift for clarity of expression in discussing even the most difficult problems. His terse, crisp style serves well in his interaction with the multiciplity of arguments in primary arenas of scholarly concern-textual analysis, compositional sources, chronology, theological significance. Throughout, he effectively shares his broad knowledge of current research on Genesis and provides invaluable bibliographic information.
Among the topics discussed are: Genesis in recent research and an evaluation of current critical positions An analysis of the principal source hypotheses of the early 19th century to the present The new literary criticism and its relationship to source criticism The theological relationship of Genesis 1-11 to ancient Near Eastern ideas, to the rest of the Pentateuch, and to modem thought.
It would be difficult to find a more concise yet thorough discussion of technical and textual matters. At the same time, Dr. Wenham displays unusual sensitivity to the compositional artistry of Genesis and the importance of storytelling in God's self-revelation to the human family.
Dr. Wenham shows the opening chapters of Genesis as describing an avalanche of sin that gradually engulfs mankind-the alienation of the first man and woman and their expulsion from the presence of God in the garden, mankind's near-annihilation in the flood, the folly of Babel and humanity's dispersal over the face of the globe teaching that without God's blessing mankind is without hope. "But the promises to Abraham and the patriarchs begin to repair that situation," says Dr. Wenham. "The covenant will benefit not just Abraham and his descendants, but in him all the nations of the earth will find blessing, and the ultimate fulfillment of the creator's ideals for humanity is guaranteed ... . Let us beware of allowing ourselves to be diverted from the central thrust of the book so that we miss what the Lord, our creator and redeemer, is saying to us."
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75" Weight: 1.55 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2000
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Word Biblical Commentary
Series Number 1
ISBN 0849902002 ISBN13 9780849902000
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More About Gordon J. Wenham & Thomas Nelson Publishers
Gordon J. Wenham is lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol, and professor emeritus of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. His other books include Story as Torah: Reading Old Testament Narrative Ethically and Exploring the Old Testament: A Guide to the Pentateuch.
Reviews - What do customers think about Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 1: Genesis 1-15?
Genesis vol 1 Aug 12, 2006
Very Technical and writes as such. Spends alot of time on JDEP he obviously buys the hypothesis of it..yet he uses no real archaeology or any such to make the case. His presupposition seems to be that Moses definitely didnt write it so you see absolutely no comparisons on other terminology or useages by the author to clarify different hypothesis. You dont see a whole lot of actual getting into the Hebrew terminology but we do see alot of so and so thinks this and he said this ...and modern commentators think this. Which really doesnt give me sound evidence as to why commentators have moved away from traditional interpretatons that flow better w/t he text. I guess the wrong thinking of "newer" is better...yet no one can be a great theologian unless they seem to bring something new to the table. If your looking for a commentary that seeks to flow with the rest of the Bible and actually believes plenary inspiration of the Bible...which apparently is passe to modern commentators I think you will be disappointed. This certainly isnt a Mounce , Morris, Packer, Gill or Calvin for sure!
5 stars but still 2nd best to Anchor May 26, 2006
Gordon Wenham has written a well balanced commentary on the opening chapters of Genesis in this Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 1 Genesis 1-15. Along with his translations Wenham delivers an exceptionally intriguing view of narrative ethics which seems to underline this particular commentary. While applications are never forced the way many pastoral commentaries are, one cannot help but to gleam modern applications write out of the narrative explanations. Though his dealings with the opening creation stories do at first seem to be too heavily focused upon, Wenham does manage to bring some simplicity to this otherwise complicated work. This commentary is not just scholarly (as I find Ephraim A. Speiser's commentary to be) and not just pastoral - it is a great balance.
Quick Review Jun 7, 2000
Advanced level of study. Clearly written and edited. This is a very in-depth commentary on the first fifteen chapters of Genesis. Evangelical commentary.
This book should be on our shelves as Pastors May 6, 2000
I cannot imagine a less user-friendly layout than the Word Biblical Commentary Series. The series is uneven, and occasionally goes overboard in literary/source criticism. But one up-to-date, critical commentary on Genesis should be on our shelves, and this is about the best.