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4 Stars Out Of 5
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.
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+.
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!