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A Commentary on the Book of Exodus [Paperback]

By Umberto Cassuto (Author)
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The late Professor U. Cassuto had originally planned to write, in Hebrew, a monumental commentary on the Bible that would comprise a series of detailed expositions of the Book of Genesis, and less elaborate commentaries, consisting of one volume for each book, devoted to the remaining four books of the Pentateuch. It was also his intention to compose a compendious Introduction to the Torah as a whole, and a comprehensive commentary on the Book of Psalms. Unhappily the author died after completing only three of his commentaries (two on Genesis and one on Exodus). The present volume, A commentary on the Book of Exodus, is the last of the commentaries to be rendered into English. Cassuto's comments have a vivid quality seldom found in the exegetical writings of other Biblical expositors, who all too often prefer a jejune and lifeless approach to their subject. Cassuto succeeds in injecting a sense of dramatic excitement into his interpretations. Without neglecting the scientific data provided by archeological and philological research, he makes us conscious of the literary attributes of the Bible. Unlike the volumes dealing with the first two pericopes of Genesis, the present work does not separate the annotations from the Biblical text, but forms a continuous, unified commentary in which the Scriptural citations are interlinked with the exposition. The elements are so closely and artistically interwoven as to form a new literary entity not a text with notes, but a homogeneous expository work, which must rank among the finest modern contributions to the treasury of Biblical learning.

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Studio: Magnes Press, Hebrew University
Pages   509
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.6" Width: 6.5" Height: 1.5"
Weight:   2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 6, 1967
Publisher   Magnes Press, Hebrew University
ISBN  9652234567  
ISBN13  9789652234568  

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Cassuto's Exodus  Jun 7, 2008
A masterful and insightful book on Exodus by one of the finest Hebrew commentators. Too bad he did not live long enough to finish the whole Torah. Cassuto helps readers understand the nature of Hebrew narrative, sets the Torah story in its Ancient Near Easter context. His remarks are perceptive and helpful.
Well worth having  Jan 9, 2002
This is a much less extensive commentary than Cassuto's sadly unfinished commentary on Genesis - it covers the whole of Exodus in one volume, whereas he seemed to be aiming at 12 volumes of that size for Genesis. However, it has in miniature most of the good features of his larger work. As expected from this author, he marshals strong arguments against the Documentary Hypothesis but does not adopt a fundamentalist position on Mosaic authorship. While not such a must have as the two completed volumes on Genesis, it is still valuable.

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