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Genesis (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries) Paperback – April 13, 2008

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"The Tyndale volumes have long been the premier shorter-length commentary series on both Testaments throughout the English-speaking world." (Craig Blomberg, Denver Seminary)

"Tyndale commentaries are always useful, not least because they focus so clearly on the text of Scripture, and do not fall into the trap of paying too much attention to other commentaries and not enough to the scriptural text they are intended to expound and explain. So they retain their usefulness for preachers, Bible study leaders and for all readers of the Bible." (Peter Adam, principal, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia)

"Within its constraints, this series includes some outstanding volumes." (D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School)

"There simply is no series of medium-length commentaries that approaches the excellence of the Tyndale commentaries." (Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary)

About the Author

The works of Derek Kidner (MA, Christ's College, Cambridge) are full of the marks of both professor and pastor with his even­handed scholarship as well as his devotional insight. These qualities have made his commentaries in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series and The Bible Speaks Today series some of the most beloved and popular of recent decades. Kidner had a long career in both the church and the academy in England. He studied at Cambridge University and then served in the ministry for several years before becoming a senior tutor at Oak Hill Theological College. Kidner began his writing career while serving as warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge from 1964 to 1978, publishing his ninth and final book, The Message of Jeremiah, in 1987.
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Product Details

  • Series: Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (April 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830842012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830842018
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Derek Kidner (M.A., A.R.C.M.) was formerly warden of Tyndale House, Cambridge. He has written several volumes in the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By David Kilpatrick on March 26, 2011
Format: Paperback
First, be aware that though Amazon currently lists this book as 2008, it is really from 1967 (check the "Look Inside" for the copyright page). I read this commentary cover to cover, but it was many, many years ago, so I apologize that the accuracy of my review is partially conditioned by my memory (though I have it right next to me as I write for quick glances and reminders).

Kidner was a fine scholar who was equally at home with the Bible, the Ancient Near East, and Classical Hebrew. Thus, for the casual reader, he can get you up to speed on much valuable information that will enhance your understanding of the text. Why then, only three stars?

The reason for the mediocre rating is that Kidner's commentary on Genesis is not as helpful as many other commentaries available today on Genesis (e.g., Walton or Waltke). Also, Kidner's commentary on Genesis is weaker than many of the other commentaries in the Tyndale series. Finally, and most importantly, I remember distinctly as I read through Kidner's commentary that as I left each section, I had many questions about the text that Kidner either did not attempt to answer, or glossed over too briefly. This is not always the case. Often after a section, he'll have an excursus that covers certain relevant topics in more detail. However, by contrast, I have been using Walton's commentary on Genesis and find that he seems to know the kinds of questions readers bring to the text and he addresses them quite well.

If only a modern revision could be made of Kidner's work. It could be a real benefit to the Church. Don't get me wrong. Kidner's commentary will give you much help in understanding Genesis. I just think it misses a lot and there are other works out there that are better.
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Kidner's commentary on Genesis is a good introduction to the first book of the Bible. The commentary is brief compared to other Genesis commentaries, such as Hamilton's or Matthew's. Because of it's brevity, in depth studies of Genesis will want to consult other commentaries. Although brief, Kidner has some gems waiting readers and he often summarizes a passage sufficiently in only a couple sentences.

I enjoyed his focus on Genesis as book about God, creation, and the plan of salvation. Even though I do not always agree with his conclusions of modern science, I whole heartily agree when he says, "To have God’s own presentation of human beginnings as they most deeply concern us, we need look no further than these chapters and their New Testament interpretation."1 Kidner does not get bogged down by trying to make Genesis into a scientific book, but allows the text to stand on its own. Readers will appreciate his focus on what Genesis was intended to convey to its readers about God, creation, man, and salvation.

1. Derek Kidner, Genesis: An Introduction and Commentary, vol. 1, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1967), 34.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Ursery on May 30, 2008
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This book was a great study guild, I do feel he left out some more important information on the creation and the fall of man, however; he backs up everything with the word of God and additional scriptures to help the average reader follow along and to expand their research.
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Make that 4 3/4 stars. My only complaint was the lack of page numbers or finding page numbers in my Kindle. "Most of the references that I use page numbers. Thank you very good book.
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