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Exodus (Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series, Volume 2) Hardcover – July 4, 2017
Recounting the greatest event of divine salvation in the Old Testament, the book of Exodus is not merely a story about the Lord God rescuing enslaved Israelites from the power of a despotic and xenophobic dictator. More importantly, it highlights how a compassionate and justice-seeking God transforms the lives of victimized people so that they may experience life in all its fullness in his holy presence. This transformation involves a unique process that includes redemption, ransoming, cleansing, and consecration. The story of Exodus illustrates an all-important paradigm for understanding the nature and goal of divine salvation, anticipating an even greater exodus that will come through Jesus Christ. In this Apollos Old Testament Commentary volume, Desmond Alexander grapples with the many and varied complexities of the carefully constructed literary collage of Exodus. As an integral part of the longer narrative that runs from Genesis to 2 Kings, Exodus recounts a dramatic and unified story of how the Israelites come to a deep and close relationship with the Lord God. Narrating past events, Exodus speaks to contemporary society, revealing a God who passionately desires to draw people into an intimate and exclusive relationship with himself. This detailed commentary sheds fresh light on one of the most influential books ever written.
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"Alexander's recent contribution to the understanding of the book of Exodus is very appreciated. It is a work of high quality and a must-own commentary for every preacher, teacher, and student of the Bible who wants to remain faithful to the original text of God’s Word in their theology."-- Kolia Afamasaga, Andrews University Seminary Studies, Spring 2018
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T. Desmond Alexander is director of Postgraduate Studies at Union Theological College in Belfast. He is the author of From Paradise to the Promised Land, From Eden to the New Jerusalem, The Servant King and Discovering Jesus, and coeditor of the New Dictionary of Biblical Theology and the Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch.
- Publisher : IVP Academic (July 4, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 708 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0830825029
- ISBN-13 : 978-0830825028
- Item Weight : 3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 2.2 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #873,501 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“The Strengthening of Pharaoh’s Heart” (pp. 163–71; Kindle location 3945) and “The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread” (pp. 216(17)–22; Kindle location 5176).
If I am going to teach a Book of the Bible in a few months, I expect to get some help in seeing certain things from a commentary whose author has spent 5, 10, 15, 20 years on it but sadly, that is not often the case with many commentaries.
I read through Alexander’s “From Paradise to the Promised Land” and I wasn’t very impressed. He handled critical issues very well but when it came to surveying the teaching of the Pentateuch, he wasn’t as helpful or as insightful as Hamilton’s Handbook to the Pentateuch. Hamilton did a superb work on the text (literary sensitive) and its theological implications (in my view his survey is better than his commentary on Genesis).
I expected Alexander's Exodus to be better and a great Biblical-Theological commentary but I was wrong. He seems more concerned about answering questions raised by critical scholars than questions raised by the text itself. He mastered a lot of material on Exodus but he strikes me as not having much mastered the text and more importantly, been mastered by the text.
He did not so much make use of the modern literary methods and thus often missed many connections between Exodus and Genesis, and the rest of the Pentateuch. For example he does not pick up on how Exodus both looks backwards and forwards in the Moses birth narrative. One of my favorite texts is Exodus 32-34 because it is foundational to both OT theology and NT theology. He says very little about its influence in both Testaments. I expected to see his biblical-theological skill at this point but I was disappointed.
I look for literary theological exegesis in a commentary, inter-textual and intra-textual sensitivity. For me literary structure is critical to understanding the theological message of a book. He analyzes a few proposed structures of Exodus but he never offers his. This makes it difficult to see how he understands Exodus was put together or how it works. His explanation sections fell flat for me: they are not biblical theologically insightful and neither are they helpful in applying the text.
But since Alexander is a world expert on the Pentateuch his commentary is academically sound and moderately and wisely conservative. Therefore, it is good for some 'dry' academic or traditional exegetical work but the preacher or the literary-theological exegete needs to look elsewhere. It cannot compete with Fretheim (Int.), Stuart (NAC), Garrett (KEC), Bruckner (UBCS) or even Brueggmann’s little commentary in the NIB.