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The Book of Exodus: A Critical, Theological Commentary Hardcover – May 1, 1974


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 686 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster Press; New edition (May 1, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664209858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664209858
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #885,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Michael Baxter on January 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Childs honestly admits that "the purpose of this book is unabashedly theological". As is expected from this author, his aim "is to seek to interpret the book of Exodus as canonical scripture within the theological discipline of the Christian church" (which means, of course, his version of theology). This may disconcert those who do not agree with his precise shade of liberal evangelism, especially in the sections headed "New Testament Context". However, once this hurdle is overcome, this book is packed with useful information. There are few if any thorough textual and philological studies of Exodus, and the notes here are probably the best available on these topics. The sections headed "Literary and Traditio-Historical Analysis" discuss (among other things) the Documentary Hypothesis, but Childs is not overly concerned with this aspect since he is more interested in the canonical form of Exodus. The most valuable parts are the "Old Testament Context", which discuss the meaning of the text and its relationship to the rest of the Old Testament. These sections, plus the extensive textual and philological notes, constitute an excellent commentary on Exodus and fully justify buying this book. The other parts can easily be ignored if you disagree with them.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Marlowe on March 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Childs was the first scholar to attempt to blend the historical-critical approach with attention to the final form of the text. He pays as much attention to the pre-literary theories of the text as well as taking seriously the final form of the text in order to engage the text and its most likely "original" meaning as well as what it means for us today. I also appreciated the fact that he included a section of how the Christian community has throughout the centuries commented on certain texts as well as the usage of certain passages in the New Testament. I found it very helpful and it guides you to further study the sections that we might need to study more extensively. Childs is the first one who attempts to merge serious scholarship along with the Bible's intended purpose within the believing community.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark McEntire on August 16, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I should say from the start that this is a very good commentary that most readers will find very helpful. It does suffer from the general lack of focus in Childs's canonical method. Because his method includes a review of the history of interpretation of each passage, a canonical commentary on Exodus necessarily includes a discussion of source-criticism, which dominated Exodus scholarship for a century. But this is exactly the kind of atomizing approach which Childs has repudiated. This commentary proves, however, that a critical approach to the book of Exodus simply cannot ignore the features of the text which motivated the source-critics in the first place. A thorough history of interpretation does serve to raise most of the central interpretive issues in each text. Childs is a gifted exegete, however, and even with a fuzzy method the results of his reading of Exodus are impressive. Furthermore, he does place the expected emphasis on theological implications. There is a shortage of critical commentaries on Exodus. Until Propp finishes his second volume, Childs's is probably the second best complete commentary after Durham's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By McQueen on February 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
It was very useful to me. I definitely received more help than I did with Martin Noth's earlier volume. It is not written for the layman. It is best suited to someone who has done graduate study in the area.
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