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Genesis: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Hardcover – January 1, 1986
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Although some of Walter Brueggemann's positions on textual integrity are a bit more liberal than I would be comfortable with (example: doubting Mosaic authorship for the book of Genesis), he nevertheless has an incredibly sound exposition of the text as it stands in its canonical form.
The exegetical insights are keen, the theological and practical implications are sharp and invigorating, and his writing style is lively and creative.
The one thing I appreciate most about Brueggemann's treatment of Genesis is that he allows the text to speak without softening its edges. When he comes across a passage that is problematic or difficult to interpret in our "civilized" Western culture, he does not excuse the Scriptures with a milder interpretation. He instead assumes the Scriptures have a reason for why they are written the way they are, and that we must grapple with these difficulties, not as problems to fix, but most likely as the entry point into our way of thinking which God wants to change and redeem.
As said in the title, this is a MUST for any expositor of the book of Genesis.
Would that all biblical commentaries were as well-done, as relevant, as powerful as this! High recommended.
It may seem obvious to those who studied Genesis in detail or who had more than a cursory reading when trying desperately to finish reading the Bible in a year, but to those of us finally coming into our studies, the names of each of these books is so important to how one studies them. As Brueggemann points out, Genesis is about the genesis of a world and a family. It is about giving a history for a people in exile. That being said, Brueggemann does get into some historical-critical discussions, but these are never the focus of his writing. He'll often mention sources that we are familiar with like J, E and P but this is usually in passing as if the reader already assumes such sources.
Genesis, according to Brueggemann, can be taken into two halves: the cosmological genesis and the anthropological genesis. The latter genesis can then be broken into four sections: the Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph cycles. Chief among them is the promise of Abraham which pervades the three remaining cycles is the also that which propels the other cycles into the book of Exodus. Brueggemann argues that we must follow the title Genesis even along to the end which is really not an ending, but really is a beginning that takes us to the Exodus story.Read more ›
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Opens insight upon insight in scripture and meaning of text and most importantly, in me. I read it with a Bible beside me as he references many passages in old and new testaments... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bluesman
Brueggemann is more eloquent in his wording and enthusiasm. He follows the promise of seed as the theme of the text, and includes Christian interpretations of passages. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JustinHoca
Dr. Brueggermann is a brilliant professor. I think this book is just what It intended to be, "A commentary for teaching and preaching".Published 6 months ago by Norman L. Martin
Worth the money. There are so many commentaries out there, but this one is well thought out and meaningful. I'm still working through it. Read morePublished 16 months ago by R Brown
I love the Interpretation commentaries. I almost have the entire set thanks to a pastor friend of mine.Published 21 months ago by Joyce
This book is not one the average lay reader would pick up and read cover to cover. However, it is an excellent source allowing for a deeper interpretation of the Book of Genesis. Read morePublished on May 15, 2014 by Zhangye