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Creation and Blessing: A Guide to the Study and Exposition of Genesis Paperback – February 1, 1997
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Creation and Blessing is an exceptionally helpful guide for pastors and teachers. Its literary, exegetical, and theological analyses will enrich any exposition of Genesis.
The author's purpose is to "help the reader appreciate the major literary and theological motifs that form the theological ideas in the narratives, and to demonstrate how these theological ideas can be developed into clear and accurate expository ideas." To accomplish this goal, he divides Genesis into more than sixty units, discussing each unit's theological ideas, describing its structure, and synthesizing its message, as well as providing an exegetical outline, an expository outline, and a bibliography.
"The quality of Creation and Blessing seems to require superlatives. . . . It models the kind of writing that those who teach must give to those who preach to facilitate accurate and rich exposition. Indeed, reading the book is an excellent course in studying and expounding narrative literature."
--Van Campbell, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"Ross has written an excellent study guide to Genesis. His prodigious book, which he refrains from calling a commentary, contains fine scholarship and an excellent survey of previous work on this first book of the Bible. His writing is so interesting that the book became for me more than a source; it became bedside reading material. . . . Ross aims this detailed and lengthy study of Genesis at pastors, teachers, and seminary students who seek to develop an understanding of Genesis and narrative literature in general. He succeeds admirably. . . . For those preaching and writing on Genesis, and for those who love the book as great theology and literature, Ross's work is essential."
--R. G. Branch, Old Testament Essays
About the Author
Allen P. Ross (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of Old Testament at Beeson Divinity School. He served as translator and editor of the New King James Version and commented on Genesis and Psalms in the Bible Knowledge Commentary. He is also the author of Introducing Biblical Hebrew and Holiness to the Lord.
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1. Probably the best commentary on Genesis I have ever read.
2. Though Ross does use some Hebrew, it is very easy for an english-only reader to fully understand.
3. Every section ends with application making sermon preparation from Genesis very simple.
4. Every text in Genesis is approached from an expositional perspective. Ross is not afraid to examine a text from an applicational perspective. Even genealogies are approached from this.
5. Ross's applications are revenant.
6. Ross approaches hard portions of the text from a conservative perspective, yet is willing to examine liberal views on texts from a non-bias stand-point. One example of this is Ross's explanation of the double Esau toledot. Here Ross suggests a document including kings of Edom was found long after the death of Moses and added in. Through this Ross always remains theologically conservative in his views of biblical inspiration.
7. Ross does an incredible job with balancing an academic approach with a homiletical focus making this book a great read for a person of any level of biblical training.
8. Ross's methodology of arriving at application from Old Testament narratives is very solid.
9. Ross is a Old Testament and Hebrew instructor. Ross has taught at Dallas Seminary, Perkins School of Theology, and Beeson Divinity School Ross has two doctorates from Cambridge.
Ross includes clear bibliographies at the end of every chapter which is extremely helpful for further study on the chapter.
10. Each section includes an exegetical outline and then transitions into a homiletical outline.
11. Ross includes many helpful charts to understand literary structure within Genesis.
12. Ross has clearly examined the texts from a literary perspective.
13. Ross examines various sides of controversial and disputed texts within Genesis - for the most part - explaining all sides of the arguments.
1. Many of Ross's applications are do not take into consideration the wider context of the book of Genesis.
2. Ross does not emphasize biblical theology in his exposition of Genesis.
3. Ross rarely, if ever, explains New Testament uses of Genesis.
4. I wish Ross had included explanation from people who find allegory and typology within the Genesis texts instead of limiting himself to a literal hermeneutic.
5. Ross suggests Gap Theory in his summary of Genesis 1:2-3 without giving other options for the text. This is typical in many places in his book where I wish he had given other perspectives and views on controversial texts within Genesis.
6. Though this book is entitled Creation and Blessing I do not see Ross arguing for continuity of theme within the book of Genesis.
7. I wish Ross had included more details on how the covenants within Genesis relate to one another.
8. Ross does not emphasize the immediate fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant within Genesis: land of goshen, many descendants, blessing to all nations (especially Egypt who Abraham deceived) through providing food in time of famine.
9. Ross does not emphasize the importance of the repentance of Judah in Genesis 39.
10. Because Ross does emphasizes nether covenant nor the Seed as major themes within Genesis, he sees Joseph as the main character of Genesis 37ff. He does not emphasize the importance of Joseph as protecting the line of Messiah through providing food.
11. Ross's applications within the Sons of Israel narratives decline in quality greatly because of Ross' lack of emphasis on biblical theology in his commentary. Instead of applying God's keeping of his promise to Abraham, Ross uses applications such as God using guilt to get rebellious people to follow Him. I feel like many texts throughout could have been better handled, but these last few chapters seem to include to worst of the applications.
12. Ross does not mention spiritual fulfillment of Abrahamic Covenant in the Church.
13. Ross says that a preacher must research ANE understanding of dreams to understand Genesis 37, but just leaves it at that. If Ross really believes this to be important, I wish he had dedicated a couple of pages to helping his reader understand this - or at least given a resource.
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I would most certainly recommend this book.