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Genesis: A Commentary Hardcover – August 13, 2001
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From the Back Cover
This landmark commentary marshals the vast experience and brilliant insights of one of today's most revered Old Testament scholars. To those familiar with the work of Bruce K. Waltke, the significance and value of Genesis will be instantly apparent. Others who are unfamiliar with Waltke have only to read the first few chapters to understand why he has earned the reputation of a scholar's scholar, and why this masterful volume stands like a monolith among Old Testament commentaries.
Exploring the first book of the Bible as "theological literature," Waltke illuminates its meanings and methods for the pastor, scholar, teacher, student, and Bible-lover. Genesis strikes an unusual balance by emphasizing the theology of the Scripture text while also paying particular attention to the flow and development of the plot and literary techniques--inclusion, irony, chiasm, and concentric patterning--that shape the message of the "book of beginnings".
Models the way to read and interpret the narratives of the book of Genesis
Provides helpful exegetical notes that address key issues and debates surrounding the text
Includes theological reflections on how the message addresses our contemporary theological and social issues, such as ecology, homosexuality, temperance, evil, prayer, and obedience
Addresses critical interpretive issues, such as authenticity, date, and authorship
For all the author's formidable intellect and meticulous research, Genesis is amazingly accessible. This is no mere study tool. Lucidly and eloquently written, it is a work of the heart that helps us not only to understand deeply God's Word in its context, but also to consider how it applies to us today.
About the Author
Bruce K. Waltke (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Harvard Divinity School), acknowledged to be one of the outstanding contemporary Old Testament scholars, is professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College in Vancouver. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, commentaries, and articles, and contributed to dictionaries and encyclopedias.
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Dr. Waltke shares great insight and application of the Word of God.
This commentary is altogether different. Treating Genesis as a play with Books, Acts, & Scenes, Waltke is different good. It's throughly engaging. Waltke has given us a masterwork.
No other commentary—and I also have NICOT, NAC, BBC, & EBC—captures both the detailed human drama as well as the broad, sweeping themes of the great work that is Genesis.
This commentary is different for all the right reasons. Different good.