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How to Read Exodus Paperback – September 3, 2009
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"Scholarly approaches to narrative structure and archaeological, historical and theological matters become practical through study questions that help readers appropriate Exodus in their daily lives." (Christian Century, May 4, 2010)
About the Author
Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also visiting professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary. Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including How to Read Genesis, How to Read the Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, Old Testament Essentials and coeditor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He and Dan Allender have coauthored Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, The Intimate Mystery and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.
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The lean nature of this paperback means that I went away wishing that some topics were explored at greater length, for example chapter 11's discussion about the false dichotomy of the ceremonial and moral law, where he left us readers with multiple questions for reflection (without giving us the "textbook" answer of his position on the topic). As with the other books in this series, Longman III provides bite site comments on the commentaries on the book, which is essentially similar to what you find if you were to purchase his Old Testament Commentary Survey.
Overall the material was thoroughly engaging, though because of the relatively larger scope of events Exodus had as compared to Genesis, and yet Longman has kept the pages to under 200. I felt this title did not provide as much insightful theological reflection or depth wise was not as extensive; although it is still great (hence the 4 stars), its not as excellent as the 5 star How to read Genesis.
I received this book from InterVarsity Press for the purposes of providing an unbiased review. All views are my own.
It is an excellent starting point for a Bible Study or Sermon Series, or even personal study, on the book of Exodus. Especially given that each chapter has a "for further reading" list (and I wish more books would do that), as well as an appendix discussing Commentaries on Exodus (at the time of writing). So also a good book for Bible College students.
Given that this is a small book, the Author does cover quite a bit - including a good (though introductory) discussion on Authorship; examination of the plagues, parting of the Sea, and other miracles; comparison of the Law with neighbouring cultures; application of the Law for Christians; etc.
The one drawback (perhaps more of an annoyance) is that the Author overlooks that the 10 commandments are not individual numbered in Exodus (or in Deuteronomy) and that the numbering he uses is not the one we (as Lutherans) use - and not the numbering that Catholics use. Not too mention that they are numbered even differently in Judaism and elsewhere. So for a book that aims at being scholarly (in a light sense), that the Author keeps referring to things like the "6th Commandment" without commenting somewhere on which numbering system he is using, and at least acknowledging that others use different numbering systems, is a bit remiss.
Looking forward to reading other books in this series :)