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The Book of Genesis (New International Commentary on the Old Testament Series) 1-17 Hardcover – October 31, 1990
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But to have both means you must buy 4 volumes because both Wenham and Hamilton separated their commentaries on Genesis into two volumes (Wenham: Genesis 1-15 & 16-50; Hamilton: Genesis 1-17 & 18-50).
I have read all of the four volumes and found that for the first part of Genesis, Hamilton tend to be more conservative than Wenham (e.g. compared their interpretations on the "spirit" in Gen. 1:2), but for the second part Wenham has given me more insight (He always can find fresh meanings and applications from the famous Christian stories that I have been reading since I was in the sunday school!).
My suggestion is if you have enough money buy all, but if you don't buy the first book of Hamilton and the second book of Wenham.buy all, but if you don't buy the first book of Hamilton and the second book of Wenham.
Hamilton deals with a wide array of issues. His work reflects later scholarship than Wenham's Word Biblical Commentary, and his conclusions are more convincing than Wenham's when they differ (in my opinion). For example, Genesis contains the Hebrew 'TOLeDOT' in 10 locations. Hamilton reviews Wenham's (and others) idea that 'TOLeDOT' in Genesis 2 is a conclusion for the first chapter. He then goes on to reject that idea because the 9 others are clearly introductions to the following material. He then goes on to explain how it should be seen as the introduction to Genesis 2:4 ff. He goes further than commentators like Waltke on this, by offering a significant grammatical point on this as well. Wenham does not talk about it at all. Wenham bases his argument on context only with a leaning towards the meaning of the words themselves. This affects how one sees the entire book of Genesis. Wenham does not see the ten divisions of Genesis. Hamilton includes the ten divisions as part but not all of his reasoning. Waltke concurs with Hamilton, and I have to say that Hamilton's argument is far superior in my view.
It's not just another point in the exegesis of the book. This particular point is crucial to how you see Genesis as a whole, and its parts. It even can affect how you view the authorship of Genesis (hodgepodge or a whole composition).
Unfortunately, Hamilton does not contain information that deals with chiastic and alternating structures. He should.
I've found his commentary is usually full and helpful as well as readable. Every part of every verse provides reflection on the hard issues and the easy ones.Read more ›
1. It is more readable, both on a practical level and on a layout level. Wenham’s layout is tedious and at times confusing.
2. It is more conservative in its view than Wenham. I find that when the two conflict (i.e. Gen. 2:4), Hamilton’s answers are more consistent and in line with the text.
3. Knowledge of Hebrew is not demanded as is Wenham. Thereby making itself more useful to both Pastor and layman.
4. It is very detailed in its treatment of the text and less confusing than Wenham.
5. He applies the text in light of the New Testament, which makes it helpful for the preacher and teacher in a local church setting.
However there are some slight weaknesses, such as he sometimes is weak on Christological passages. But his treatment is sufficient in his comments on this area. Overall, this has become my go to commentary on Genesis and supplement Wenham and others works. It is a great commentary and the best I have found. I have both Wenham and Hamilton, but if you can only get one, I would recommend that Hamilton be your first choice. You will not be sorry.
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Excellent commentary, but very disappointed in the inadiquate contents section of the kindle version. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Buks van Ellewee
This is the commentary set I use the most. It has the most interesting tidbits that you might not find in other commentaries.Published 1 month ago by Joyce
Call it 3.5 stars really. I hate that modern commentators who should know better still give so much credence to the Documentary Hypothesis. Come on, it ain't 1916, it's 2016!Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very well-researched commentary I have quoted on a number of occasions. It would get 5 stars but there are a few places where he seems ambivalent about his conclusionsPublished 15 months ago by mwilson
This is a great commentary on Genesis . I like the hardcover book .Published 20 months ago by James A. Feldsien
Here's two things I love: Books by Victor Hamilton, and the Bible book of Genesis. The fact that these two come together in this two-volume set is a miracle--or at least a fine... Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by Gary L. Ries