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Genesis 1-15, Volume 1 (Word Biblical Commentary) Hardcover – December 23, 2014
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About the Author
Gordon J. Wenham (PhD, University of London) is tutor in Old Testament at Trinity College, Bristol, England, and professor emeritus of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Story as Torah and commentaries on Genesis, Leviticus, and Numbers.
David Allan Hubbard (1928 – 1996), former president and professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, was a recognized biblical scholar. In addition to over 30 books, he has written numerous articles for journals, periodicals, reference works. He was a general editor of the Word Biblical Commentary (1977 - 1996).
Glenn W. Barker (d. 1984) was a general editor of the Word Biblical Commentary (1977 - 1984).
John D. W. Watts (1921 – 2013) was President of the Baptist Theological Seminary, Ruschlikon, Switzerland, and served as Professor of Old Testament at that institution, at Fuller Theological Seminary, and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. His numerous publications include commentaries on Isaiah (2 volumes), Amos, and Obadiah. He was Old Testament editor of the Word Biblical Commentary (1977 - 2011).
Ralph P. Martin (1925-2013) was Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Fuller Theological Seminary and a New Testament Editor for the Word Biblical Commentary series. He earned the BA and MA from the University of Manchester, England, and the PhD from King's College, University of London. He was the author of numerous studies and commentaries on the New Testament, including Worship in the Early Church, the volume on Philippians in The Tyndale New Testament Commentary series. He also wrote 2 Corinthians and James in the WBC series.
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For instance, there's quite a satisfying discussion on Gen 1:1-2:3. I enjoyed the discussion of "us" where author presents different scholarly views of "Let us make man in our image according to our likeness." Why the plural? Different interpretations are presented and discussed. Then he delves into the differences and similarities of the synonyms - "image" and "likeness." For me, the interpretation of this compact yet very dense verse sets the tone for the entire OT depending on your view of "image" and "likeness."
The author also discusses the text as form/structure/setting which helps us better understand the context of the Jewish scribe as he composed the text. For good measure, he includes the Gilgamesh story and how the Jews in those days understood the dangers of idolatry.
Overall, 4.5 stars.
As is true of many of the volumes in the Word Biblical Commentary series, Wenham's first volume on Genesis (a second volume covers chapters 16-50), will be of greatest benefit for the serious scholar who has a working knowledge of Hebrew. However, the most technical matters are set apart in notes and in the sections titled "Form/Structure/Setting." The sections that provide the verse-by-verse commentary are clearly written and accessible to the layperson. The Hebrew in these sections is always accompanied by an English translation. Where multiple interpretations of the meaning and/or significance of a passage are available, Wenham discusses these in some detail and carefully weighs the pros and cons of the different interpretations.