A Guide to the Pentateuch (Exploring the Old Testament)
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A Guide to the Pentateuch (Exploring the Old Testament) [Hardcover]

Gordon J. Wenham
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August 2003 Exploring the Old Testament (Book 1)
The Pentateuch, or Torah, is the charter document of Israel's covenant faith, the foundation of Scripture and the key to understanding the biblical story. The themes that are first struck in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy resonate throughout the Bible. To understand the message of the Pentateuch is essential to interpreting what follows.No serious student of the Bible can shortcut a mastery of these "five books of Moses." Yet many introductions to the Pentateuch are uninviting and tend to obscure the vast mural of the Pentateuch with the scaffolding of scholarship.Gordon Wenham has devoted much of his scholarly career to understanding the Pentateuch, and in this volume he reliably guides students through the corridors of the text, pointing out its features and explaining its difficulties. The result is a clear overview of the Pentateuch as we have it.But Wenham also helps us comprehend the historical and textual questions modern scholarship has posed and the answers it has proposed. And where historical evidence supports or illumines the text, this too is skillfully blended into the discussion.Wenhams's textbook is up to date, balanced, clearly organized and reliable. And it brims with helpful classroom features: discussion ideas and questions, suggestions for research and debate, essay topic lists and recommended further reading. Here is a critically informed, textually sensitive and theologically illuminating introduction to the Pentateuch. It offers the instruction of a premier evangelical Pentateuchal scholar in the interactive and reader-friendlly format that is the hallmark of the Exploring the Bible Series.

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About the Author

Gordon J. Wenham is lecturer in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol. He was formerly professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. He is a recognized expert on the Pentateuch and has written commentaries on Genesis, Leviticus and Numbers in addition to numerous studies in the Old Testament. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Series: Exploring the Old Testament (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 207 pages
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press (August 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830825517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830825516
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for an introductory study March 26, 2013
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This was an interesting overview...quick, simple to read. It isn't meant for an 'in depth' study.
The context of the reviews seemed thorough
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I ordered this book for my class for college. This book was a little confusing at first, but after I got to reading into the book my eyes were opened. This book was very helpful for my class.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars July 19, 2014
This guy has some real issues in translating. I'd go so far as to say heresy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a class. January 22, 2014
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Excellent text, insightful and enlightening to read, used as text for course material, easy to read, thorough exploration. (: !
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