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The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary Paperback – February 21, 1995
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He shows how God's addition of laws over time follows instances of disobedience (kinda like the way we add rules for our kids when they act up and remove rules as they show they can handle more responsibility). He shows how the narrative (while simultaneously about events that really happened) foreshadow the future. He explains how the poetry is divine commentary on the narratives. Etc. Dr. Sailhamer brings the Torah to life!
FYI. A Messianic Jewish friend of mine moved from Israel to Raleigh, NC just so he could study under (renowned Christian Hebrew scholar) Dr. Sailhamer at Southeastern Seminary. He's been thrilled with what he's learned. Dr. Sailhamer is brilliant, but knows how to teach.
Recently, I began reading through the Pentateuch again and was bewildered as always. Then I remembered to begin looking stuff up in Sailhamer's book. It's amazing how much more I have learned when reading it for fun and not for an assignment.
The introduction is a bit tedious, but worthwhile. The real goldmine for us, though, is in his explanation of those pesky and ever-present laws which make no sense to the average 21st century reader. This book is worth the price of admission just for the explanation of the Levitical laws.
I have a friend who will be studying with Sailhamer at Southeastern Seminary and I envy him a little now because of this book. If you are serious about understanding the OT, this book is an absolute must.
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I've been preaching through Genesis and this book has been very helpful. Great resource for seeing all of the inter textual connections throughout the Torah.Published 2 months ago by Pen Name
This book is amazing! literally every page is mind blowing to me. I'm not in seminary I just love God's word and this book contains so much insight it's crazy. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Matt
It's ok mark driscoll uses this commentary so I thought it would be good . Much better out there in my opinionPublished on November 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer