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Genesis (Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) Paperback – March 3, 2008
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— Jesuit Theological College
"The world of Genesis scholarship is currently embroiled in swirling change. This book offers a solidly evangelical rock in the midst of the turbulent flow."
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“McKeown’s commentary is concise, but covers a significant number of theological and exegetical issues. His treatments of debates and controversial matters are always fair and adroit. . . . This book has so many excellent features.”
Journal of Theological Studies
“McKeown has written a very good commentary on Genesis which shows a deep knowledge of the issues in the text. He has many helpful insights. Preachers, students, and scholars will find much of value here.”
“Offers clear, informative, and well-balanced accounts of key themes and motifs that make for the unique texture of Genesis and also of recent interpretive approaches to the texts.”
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“A good example of how critical methods can be used to chart ways through issues that have affected the Church in general, and especially Evangelicals. It is well written, and the publication style is easy on the eye.”
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So I started asking my professors and doing some searching on my own. Eventually I stumbled across this commentary, read some very positive reviews (especially one by the Society of Biblical Literature), liked the inexpensive price, and picked it up.
It has been extremely helpful and incredibly beneficial so far. McKeown writes well and tackles all of the major issues in Genesis. While avoiding super technical issues, he does not gloss over the language, which I appreciate very much. When McKeown discusses the Hebrew, the Hebrew word or phrase is written out and also includes a transliteration. He draws the most important theological points out of a passage and gives great insights. The first half of the book is a clear and succinct, paragraph by paragraph commentary. The second half of the book is an immensely interesting series of essays and excursuses on important topics in Genesis and in Genesis studies, such as the relation of modern science to the Genesis narrative.
Until a comprehensive, technical commentary comes out in the Concordia, Apollos, or Hermeneia series, this one in the Two Horizons series will do very nicely when I must preach or teach from Genesis. It is a delight.
It would be nice if more biblical scholars made the effort to stress the theological dimensions of the text in their commentaries.