Genesis 16-50: Word Biblical Commentary [WBC]   -     By: Gordon J. Wenham
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Genesis 16-50: Word Biblical Commentary [WBC]

Thomas Nelson / 1994 / Hardcover

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Out of his extensive examination of Genesis 16-50, Dr. Wenham has produced a careful commentary that interacts with contemporary scholarship and confirms him to be one of the finest evangelical commentators today. This commentary contains frequent reference to original languages and familiarity with Hebrew, while not essential, is helpful. Dr. Gordon J. Wenham holds a B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University and a Ph.D from King's College of London University. He is author of volume 1 of the Word Biblical Commentary on Genesis, he has edited The New Bible Commentary (4th edition) and He Swore an Oath: Biblical Themes from Genesis 12-50. He coauthored Law, Morality, and the Bible and Jesus and Divorce.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 525
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 1994
Dimensions: 9 1/2 X 6 1/2 X 2 (inches)
ISBN: 0849902010
ISBN-13: 9780849902017
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Series: Word Biblical Commentary

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Pastors and scholars alike will herald the appearance of this second volume of Gordon Wenham’s analysis of Genesis as a landmark event in the critical study of the Pentateuch. Dr. Wenham devoted fourteen years of his considerable scholarship and exegetical skills to write this exceptional work.

This second volume in Wenham’s Genesis study is destined to be widely acclaimed like the first volume. Dr. Moshe Greenberg, Professor of Biblical Studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, praised Genesis 1–15 as “one of the richest and most informative works on Genesis in English.” J. C. L. Gibson, Professor of Hebrew at the University of Edinburgh, called that volume “a very good commentary which combines meticulous exegesis with keen theological insight.”

Writing this second volume with both the scholar and pastor in mind, Dr. Wenham makes sure that his Comment and Explanation sections on each segment of the Genesis text can be read and appreciated by professionals without Hebrew language skills. At the same time he includes copious technical notes on Form/Structure/Setting that will challenge and instruct the most capable Hebrew experts.

Out of his extensive examination of Genesis 16–50, Dr. Wenham has produced a careful commentary that interacts with contemporary scholarship in a restrained, informed manner, clearly affirming from beginning to end his underlying conclusions:

  • that the patriarchal stories contained in Genesis are not pagan god-myths born in the Canaanite culture but, instead, are records that deal with real historical figures;
  • that the multi-century oral transmission of the history is accurate and believable;
  • that uncertainties about dating the patriarchal period in Genesis are not too great to keep scholars from placing these events in the centuries shortly after 2000 B.C.E.;
  • that the Genesis picture of patriarchal life matches what we know about the family names, tribal customs, social laws, and domestic arrangements of the second millennium B.C.E.

Gordon Wenham has produced a commentary destined to take a respected place in all critical studies of Genesis, challenging liberal and conservative readers alike to pay closer attention to what the Bible tells us. Serious students of Genesis will applaud Dr. Wenham’s fine commentary as a genuine aid for all who seek to unravel the mysteries of Scripture and to know the mind of God.

Author Bio

GORDON ]. WENHAM is Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at The College of St. Paul and St. Mary in Cheltenham, England. He is author of two commentaries, on Numbers and Leviticus, co-editor of Law, Morality and the Bible, and has written numerous articles for scholarly journals and other publications. Dr. Wenham has the B.A. and M.A. from Cambridge University and the Ph.D. from King's College of London University.

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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A good contribution to Genesis studies.
    April 9, 2011
    RICHARD HOLT
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    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.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 8, 2008
    Robert Paul
    I am thoroughly enjoying the use of this Biblical commentary. It is by far the best all-round scholarly commentary I have ever laid mine eyes on. While some commentaries can be more of a hindrance than a help to good exegesis, this one is quite the opposite. If you can only afford one commentary for your library, then this one is it. It is a must-have for any pastor, teacher, or serious Bible student. I give it an A+.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 26, 2006
    Dan
    If you can own just one commentary on Genesis this should be it. Wenham does a magnificant 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!
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