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Exodus (New International Biblical Commentary) Paperback – April, 2008

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  • Series: New International Biblical Commentary
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Hendrickson Pub (April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565632125
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565632127
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,768,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James K. Bruckner is Professor of Old Testament at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church. He is the author of Implied Law in the Abraham Narrative, a commentary on the minor prophets, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah, as well as numerous scholarly articles.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. E WARD on March 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
I chose this commentary to read in conjunction with our Bible Study group's discussion of the book of Exodus, and it turned out to be an excellent choice. Part of a series (formerly called the New International Biblical Commentary) of relatively short general audience Christian commentaries, it concentrates on the literary and theological meaning of the text in its final form.

James Bruckner, the author, could be called a "second generation" commentator on Exodus, since Terence Fretheim, his thesis advisor, has also written an Exodus commentary. Not surprisingly, this commentary reflects Fretheim's emphasis on the creational nature of biblical ethics. It also includes insights from Bruckner's research on "implied law" in the pre-Sinai narratives of Genesis and Exodus.

Bruckner interacts with a number of other commentators, too, both Christian (Durham, Brueggemann, Childs, Enns) and Jewish (Houtman, Sarna, Jacob, Plaut, Nechama Leibowitz).

Highlights of the commentary for me included:

1) The explanation of Exodus 2:12. When Moses "saw that there was no man," he was concerned for the sake of justice, as in Isa 59:15-16, rather than hoping to get away with murder.

2) The discussion of God's patience and wisdom in teaching the Israelites in Exodus 16.

3) The sections on the meaning of each of the ten commandments, with the comments on the tenth commandment being especially insightful.

4) The helpful discussion of the Book of the Covenant (Exod 20-23), including comparisons with other Ancient Near Eastern legal codes. (Here Bruckner draws upon the work of Joe M. Sprinkle.)

5) The six-page section on the revelation of God's merciful character in Exodus 34:6-7.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul D. Carter on February 18, 2013
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Bruckner writes his commentary by weaving Scripture into the actual commentary so you always know where you are. 5 Stars because he doesn't get 'technical' or drawn off into the weeds over certain things that others do (early or late exodus, etc.). Written from a conservative point of view, Bruckner draws you into the story and the epic events where you sense that you are right in the middle of it.
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James Bruckner (PhD, Luther Seminary) is Professor of Old Testament at North Park Theological Seminary, and author of Healthy Human Life, Implied Law in the Abraham Narrative, and commentaries on the ancient texts of Exodus, Jonah, Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephaniah.

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