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A good contribution to Genesis studies.
April 9, 2011
Wenham is a respected Evangelical Old Testament scholar. His two volume commentary on Genesis continues his fine history of work. This commentary includes a depth of information that exceeds what is found in many others. He also uses a wider variety of exegetical tools as is typical of the Word series. For example he uses source criticism, textual criticism, fairly extensive interaction with the Hebrew, and very helpful treatment of the form, structure, and setting of each passage. The "comment" section more closely resembles what is found in most commentaries and is well written. I don't personally like his approach to the source criticism of Genesis, but he does argue in a way that is consistent with a high view of scripture. Other commentaries are more accessible, but for a detailed, scholarly treatment, Wenham's volumes are excellent.
The most reasoned, scholarly yet clear presentation of Genesis that I have ever read. Wenham's humility and awe in approaching the Scriptures and the God of the Scriptures makes this book almost devotional at times. I love Jesus more because of this work.
If you can own just one commentary on Genesis this should be it. Wenham does a magnificent job of exploring the historical, grammatical, theological and literary elements of Genesis. His conclusions are well argued and founded on decades of research. This is the most complete commentary on Genesis available today!
Overall a satisfactory work however, in the explanation section on page 40, it was very disturbing to read his conclusion on Genesis 1- 2:4. Like many others God's ability to communicate true and accurate information on His activities in His creation are called into question. Being reduced to the exegesis of the naturalistic mindset typical of the scholarship of modern and post-modern man.