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Genesis: A Commentary [Hardcover]

By Bruce K. Waltke (Author) & Cathi J. Fredricks (With)
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The Gold Medallion winning commentary by one of the leading Old Testament evangelical scholars that explores Genesis with the academic integrity you expect from a conservative commentary, but in an approachable style that addresses the text as "theological literature."

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This landmark commentary marshals the vast experience and brilliant insights of one of today s most revered Old Testament scholars. To those familiar with the work of Bruce K. Waltke, the significance and value of Genesis will be instantly apparent. Others who are unfamiliar with Waltke have only to read the first few chapters to understand why he has earned the reputation of a scholar s scholar, and why this masterful volume stands like a monolith among Old Testament commentaries. Exploring the first book of the Bible as 'theological literature, ' Waltke illuminates its meanings and methods for the pastor, scholar, teacher, student, and Bible-lover. Genesis strikes an unusual balance by emphasizing the theology of the Scripture text while also paying particular attention to the flow and development of the plot and literary techniques--inclusion, irony, chiasm, and concentric patterning--that shape the message of the 'book of beginnings'. Genesis Models the way to read and interpret the narratives of the book of Genesis Provides helpful exegetical notes that address key issues and debates surrounding the text Includes theological reflections on how the message addresses our contemporary theological and social issues, such as ecology, homosexuality, temperance, evil, prayer, and obedience Addresses critical interpretive issues, such as authenticity, date, and authorship For all the author s formidable intellect and meticulous research, Genesis is amazingly accessible. This is no mere study tool. Lucidly and eloquently written, it is a work of the heart that helps us not only to understand deeply God s Word in its context, but also to consider how it applies to us today."

Awards and Recognitions
Genesis: A Commentary by Bruce K. Waltke & Cathi J. Fredricks has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2002 Winner - Reference/Commentaries category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   656
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 6.25" Height: 1.41"
Weight:   1.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Aug 13, 2001
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310224586  
ISBN13  9780310224587  
UPC  025986224585  

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More About Bruce K. Waltke & Cathi J. Fredricks

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Bruce K. Waltke is professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College, Vancouver, and distinguished professor emeritus of Old Testament at Knox Theological Seminary, Fort Lauderdale. His many previous books include The Psalms as Christian Worship, The Psalms as Christian Lament, and commentaries on Proverbs.

Bruce K. Waltke has published or released items in the following series...
  1. New International Commentary on the Old Testament

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Reviews - What do customers think about Genesis: A Commentary?

Very Disappointed  Feb 28, 2007
I had read various reviews from different sources and thought this might be a great addition to my library on Genesis. Boy was I wrong! I have Waltke's work in NICOT on Proverbs and it is excellent but I was sadly disappointed with this commentary. It is very brief for Genesis and it's internal layout with the various 'acts' and scenes were not helpful. I immediately sold my copy on ebay at a loss. I then purchased Kenneth Matthews in the NAC and was EXTREMELY pleased! It is a 2 volume work that does Genesis justice in every way. I also have Ross's 'Creation & Blessing' which is also good but Matthews is fantastic. Let someone else spend their money on Waltke's Genesis (or try ebay, you might get a deal)and go with the NAC instead. It's MORE than worth the extra money.
Not one of the better Genesis commentaries.  Feb 4, 2007
I am working on my thesis for my masters degree on a passage in Genesis, so I have had opportunity to read portions of about 30 Genesis commentaries so far. As a result, I would put Waltke's commentary in the bottom third of the Genesis commentaries I have read. I read it cover to cover for a seminary course, and I was able to obtain a complete understanding of what he was saying. Since Waltke is a big name, I was very surprised at what I found.
Structure of the book: This is not at all a good cover-to-cover read. He divides the Genesis account into Books, Acts, and Scenes. For instance, Book 8, Act 2, Scene 3 is titled "Jacob Betrothed to Rachel." His outlining convention is fine, but rather than make reference to the biblical stories again in later "scenes" he will refer to Jacob's deception in Act 1 scene 4, which is not at all helpful. He gives the structure of each story, keywords, and makes comments on what the author omitted. There are short references made to many important terms and phrases in the passage being developed, followed by theological reflections and literary analysis. He draws out many interesting comparisons and contrasts throughout the book and has some thought provoking comments on literary structure of the passages.
The preface explains how these are class notes converted into a commentary. It certainly comes across that way. That is one of the biggest negatives of the book.
The thing that most readers will find frustrating is that Waltke's speculations about various texts are so intertwined with his historical/grammatical comments that it is frequently hard to tell what are purely opinions, and what is based on scripture. His theological presuppositions (which I am not entirely in oppostion to) influence greatly his understandings of many texts. The informed reader will find himself asking "Where did he get that from?" Where the novice will have trouble distinguishing the good from the bad.
Here is one of several examples that left me shaking my head (p. 591): "Interetingly the factorization of the life spans of the patriarchs follows a distinct pattern: Abraham 175 = 5x5x7; Isaac 180=6x6x5; Jacob 147=7x7x3." He goes on to quote Sarna who sees this as exhibition of God's grand design. The commentary has several other strange conclusions and interjections such as this that will leave you scratching your head.
The remaining information in the book is marginally helpful. If you are on a budget for your book buying, it would be better to look elsewhere for material that is more helpful.
Discovering His Story  Jan 6, 2007
I ordered this book when I was taking an Old Testament Course at Seminary. But it was only after I had completed another class on Hermeneutics that I really started to appreciate this book. I am supplementing my beginning of the year read through the Bible with this book and finding it amazing.

Understanding God's purposes and plan for mankind really comes alive when you read the Genesis narrative with someone who has a good grasp of exegesis and how God uses narratives to lead us to Christ.

I am still a new learner in this area, but the great thing is that I am discovering totally new applications of the Scriptures after many years of reading it. This isn't dry reading. It makes the Bible come to life and intersects with my everyday living. What an encouragement!
generally solid  Aug 19, 2005
Waltke (former Westminster prof) is a real master of the OT. This commentary is generally solid, but uneven. It has the feel of cleaned up lecture notes. In some places it is extremely rich and insightful, in others surprisingly thin and obvious.

Anyone teaching or preaching through Genesis will want this, but will also want to read a few others. Allen Ross is probably the most detailed and helpful. Victor Hamilton in the NICOT series is helpful, but I found theologically problematic at places. Boice is homiletical, careful, Reformed, bt tends to be more moralistic than Christ-centered. Indispensible are the two Iain Duguid volumes on select parts of Genesis. Kidner in TOT series is good.
Best of the best  Apr 9, 2002
Dr. Waltke has presented us with the best commentary on Genesis that I have read in a long time. As a Bible study leader this book is indispensable. He exegetes each section which he has divided up into Acts & Scenes - don't let this confuse you, it his own way of "separating" the contents. He not only give us exegetical notes but includes a theological review of each "Act". I have never read a book so designed to correctly use the Word of God. It not only is a delight to read but is a most helpful book for preparing a Bible study. His insights and high view of God are inspiring.

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