The Book of Leviticus (New International Commentary on the Old Testament) Kindle Edition
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Then, through the a post at ligonier.org by professor Keith Mathison, I was alerted to the presence of this commentary by Gordon Wenham. Mathison says "This commentary is not only the best commentary on the book of Leviticus, it is one of the best commentaries on any book of the Bible that I have read."
After "camping out" with the book of Leviticus for about 3 months--reading the Scripture and Wenham's commentary along the way, I must say I agree 100%. I *truly* have come to appreciate this book of the Bible more than ever before.
Wenham gives clear explanations to the five types of offerings: burnt, cereal, purification, reparation, and peace. He explains the ceremonial beauty behind the ordination of the priests--and how and why they were to be examples for the people of God.
Wenham's way of explaining the issue of "clean vs. unclean" and "holy vs. profane" brings life to the once BORING texts...and his way of explaining even the various and sundry "rules" for living makes the book a pleasure.
One main theme behind the book, of course, is found in the phrase from chapter 11 "...be holy, for I am holy." Wenham expounds upon the idea put forth by Mary Douglas that the idea behind "holiness" is more than mere "separation" (though it does mean that)--but also the idea of "wholeness and completeness". The laws, spoken by God, are reflective of what it means to be fully whole or complete in Him--thus, instead of a severe rule maker who desires to quench human freedom, the people of Israel are shown the way of real freedom and completeness.
One of the finest features of Wenham's commentary is that once a section's study is completed, Wenham provides a short discussion on how the text applies to New Testament theology--in a very real way, he is able to make this book meaningful to Christ followers. And the discerning reader will also likely be able to pick up on other lessons, too.
About 343 pages of text, plus a very important introduction. Please do not try to "blast through" Leviticus the next time you're reading through the Bible. Take a little bit of time, use this commentary as a supplement, and you'll discover some beautiful truths about faith in the only Creator and Saviour!
Preparing studies on Leviticus I downloaded a few books on Leviticus and related topics. Wenham's commentary was by far the best resource giving a sense of what each section was about and then providing a New Testament background where applicable. It is surprising how much of the NT is informed by Leviticus! Recommended for all teachers who are attempting the important and exciting (really!) book of Leviticus.
Regarding the Kindle implementation the links in the TOC only link to chapters 1, 8, 11 and 17 making going to particular chapter something of a chore for a book best used as a reference rather than one to read straight through. The indices refer to page numbers and do not link to the text and so are not very useful. None of which is enough to take away a star and to be honest to be expected for a book published in the 70's.
Whether you are just looking for an introduction to Leviticus or whether you are revisiting it, this is definitely one of the most important and accessible books to consult for study of Leviticus.