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Product Details

  • Series: New Studies in Biblical Theology (Book 28)
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Academic (May 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830826297
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830826292
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #625,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Blackburn deserves our thanks for skillfully steering us through the whole of Exodus, enabling us to see not only the trees but also the forest itself. Not only does the text of Exodus come alive in a new way, but the God of whom it speaks becomes more clearly known. To this end, Blackburn truly guides his readers to the missionary heart of Exodus." (T. Desmond Alexander, Evangelical Quarterly, 86.2 (2014))

"Blackburn's book is a stimulating study that will provide those who plan to preach or teach through the book of Exodus with much useful material." (Vox Reformata, 2013)

"I recommend this book to anyone with a desire to better understand the book of Exodus, especially the missionary theme of Exodus." (Kadija Hedley, Missiology, 41(4))

About the Author

W. Ross Blackburn (Ph.D., University of St. Andrews) serves as the rector of Christ the King, an Anglican Fellowship in Boone, North Carolina, and teaches biblical studies at Appalachian State University.

D. A. Carson is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Sweeney on July 3, 2012
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Most missiological studies focus primarily upon the New Testament. Some may venture into Old Testament books like Jonah, but that's about as far as they go. Scholars like Christopher Wright and Walt Kaiser have argued for an emphasis on "mission" present within the Old Testament. Few have argued for entire biblical books which present such an idea. W. Ross Blackburn contends that Exodus, specifically, exposes us to the missionary heart of God. He argues that the purpose of the book of Exodus is to reveal himself - both to Israel and Gentiles - as God, or Yahweh. He follows a canonical method of interpretation that values the received form of a text and it's placement within the canon. However, since the focus of the study is on Exodus, he limits the canonical study, though it is clearly influencing his reading.

Blackburn divides his study into six sections: Exodus, Wilderness, Law, Tabernacle instructions, Golden Calf, Tabernacle constructions. Each of these represents a critical scene (or series of scenes) in the book and expose the missionary heart of God.

This is a wonderful addition to the NSBT series. I like to see the addition of monographs on individual books - one on Jonah was recently published and another on Jeremiah will be released soon. It represents a shift towards a biblical theology as opposed to a more systematic. Blackburn's contribution provides an excellent overview of the book of Exodus which highlights the main themes and important details. While he believes that the emphasis on Exodus could be shown to extend beyond the book itself, he does a good job of focusing this study on the book at hand. This would make an excellent addition to any Old Testament Survey or Pentateuch course. It is readable, well-organized and well-argued.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Caleb Carter on September 27, 2013
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I used this outline as I was teaching a Bible study to give my college sophomores the idea of God not just being missional when Jesus arrived on the scene, but since the beginning. Through this it points back to Abraham and God's intent to reach all nations through him and describes how the events of Exodus continue to show that the intent and heart of God never changed through time, we just tend to miss God's goal by focussing on His means. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I believe that anyone that is looking for God's heart for the world, looking to expand the eyes of their constituents scope, or looking to build upon a foundation of God's mission needs this in their library.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By GreatBooksforyou on March 27, 2013
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The God who makes himself known: The missionary heart of the book of Exodus

W. Ross Blackburn, Intervarsity Press, 238 pages, $24.00

I enjoyed reading this book which I am calling a layman's commentary on the book of Exodus. Blackburn structures the book as follows: The name of the redeemer (Exod. 1:1 - 15:21), Training in the wilderness (Exod. 15:22 - 18:27), The law and the mission of God (Exod. 19 - 24), The tabernacle instructions (Exod. 25 - 31), The golden calf (Exod. 32 - 34), The tabernacle construction (Exod. 35 - 40).

In this book, Blackburn argues that the Lord's missionary commitment to make himself known to the nations is the central theological concern of Exodus (p.15). The concept of God `making himself known' relates to God's name.

But part of Exodus is often confusing to many readers. Exodus 6:3 states, `By my name the Lord I did not make myself known to [the patriarchs],' a statement that appears to contradict the frequent use of the name in Genesis (i.e. Gen 15:2, 7). Obviously it cannot be true that God was not known to Abraham by the name Yahweh [Exod. 6:3] and that He was known to him by that name [Gen. 15:2, 7] (p.26).

Blackburn notes, however, that the contrast implied in Exodus 6:3 had not to do with when the name was revealed, but rather what the name revealed. It was not the name per se that was new, but that a new and more complete understanding of the name was being revealed (p. 27).
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