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Exodus: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Hardcover – March 1, 1991


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  • Series: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary
  • Hardcover: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (March 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804231028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804231022
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terence E. Fretheim

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Terence E. Fretheim is Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul. Fretheim is the author of The Suffering God (Fortress Press) and coauthor of The Bible as Word of God (Fortress Press).

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A little dated, responding to JEPD, etc, but overall, good.
Matthew J Gray
Fretheim does a really good job of placing the stories in literary context, with an overview to understanding the general sense of the passages.
Halo Faire
This book is exactly what I need to prepare for teaching a class on Exodus.
Michael B. Ferguson

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark S on July 17, 2012
Format: Hardcover
For one of many who found Fretheim's book The Suffering of God to be, well, life-changing, reading more of his work in this commentary was just as refreshing. If you like reading biblical theology (theology that follows the narrative, as opposed to systematic theology) then you will find helpful insights in this commentary on Exodus.

Personally Exodus is my favorite book of the Bible, and Fretheim mines many of the depths of it without being difficult to read. I did not read the entire book but I did blow through about a 100 pages of it in a few sittings and enjoyed every minute.

This series is geared for "teaching and preaching"--so readability and usefulness take precedence over analyzing technicalities of the text--although you will find some balanced looks at difficult passages if that is what you need.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Halo Faire on August 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My review is not one of having read the entire book page for page, but more along the lines of having used it for certain passages I was working through and/or for background.

Fretheim does a really good job of placing the stories in literary context, with an overview to understanding the general sense of the passages. Given that there isn't that enough space to devote to an in depth analysis, this is probably the best approach one could hope for. He does occasionally highlight key words if needed , but the commentary is aimed at students comprehending the grand themes or underlying threads for the book of Exodus. Like an onion there certainly are layers upon layers to discover, but most readers can go back later to visit the depths after appreciating the grand vista's . The author's strength then is in this first approach.

I found the writing style to be clear and authentic; he gives praise and reference to outside sources when writing. Also the author was not afraid to admit that sometimes the passage is hard to understand. If there is a divergence of opinion, he gives a fair review and outline to the various positions. Good footnotes and the necessary references are included for research.

Overall one of the better commentaries out for the book of Exodus. Given that there isn't a lot of real choice out there for this important book, I would recommend it as a very wise buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.H.E. Sadaphal on December 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Highly recommended for in-depth hermeneutical analysis of the book of Exodus.

I have yet to be disappointed by any of the volumes in the Interpretation series. Let’s face the facts: the average layperson will not be reading this book, and the intended audiences are either those in a secular degree program taking a class on religion, or a student enrolled in a theological education program. The highly studious and biblically curious also apply.

A comprehensive understanding of Exodus allows anyone to establish a concrete foundation for further biblical analysis—the author achieves this and more. Fretheim excels in breaking down the issues behind the narrative of the nation of Israel being liberated from Egyptian bondage and then starting their journey toward the promised land. All the while, Israel works through the growing pains of engaging in a life devoted toward service and obedience to Yahweh. The author is able to effectively illustrate how themes and paradigms symbolically standing behind events that took place thousands of years ago in a distant land are very applicable to our lives today. I found several subjects particularly insightful: (1) liberation from bondage leading into service to Yahweh (not absolute autonomy); (2) the early demonstration of divine mercy and the persistence of God to restore a creation-themed order for his people; (3) the nation of Israel as a microcosm for the entire world; (4) finally, the role of Moses as a highly-favored intercessor on behalf of the people, a relationship that points forward to Christ.

In my view the one major downfall of the book is its lack of detail devoted toward the specifics of the tabernacle itself.
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Dr. Terence E. Fretheim is a strange theologian, and I mean that in the best possible way. This will not be your usual commentary. Fretheim is a biblical scholar, to be sure, but he is more concerned with doing theology with the bible than giving you historical fact. Of course, historical fact still plays heavily into his commentary (it is a commentary after all), but the reading is very engaging in that Fretheim appears to be honestly and thoughtfully wrestling with the text and the theology he can draw from it. In this commentary, for example, not only will one learn about history, what other commentators have written, and issues with the text, but one will be presented with some ways in which the text engages contemporary issues, such as disabilities studies, climate change, and the ever-present problem of theodicy. While I may not agree with every conclusion that Fretheim draws, I appreciate his putting himself out there, daring to do theology so close to the text, and taking his commentary one step further in making it speak to our world and its issues. If you're looking for a challenging and engaging commentary, one that won't put you to sleep, this might be it. I highly recommend it.
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