Genesis: A Commentary   -     By: Bruce K. Waltke, Cathi J. Fredricks
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Genesis: A Commentary

Zondervan / 2001 / Hardcover

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Hebrew and Old Testament expert Bruce Waltke looks at the book of Genesis as a work of theological literature. Thus, he focuses on primary aspects of the story (narrative), including characterization, plot, theme, scene, structure, foreshadowing and irony, and balances these issues with an emphasis on the theology of Genesis which both shapes and is shaped by the narrative. He looks at the ten divine initiatives in salvation history, each delineated by a "toledot" heading ("the account of the line of...") followed by a transitional linkage. Waltke interprets the text using twelve levels of signification (sounds, syllables, words, phrases, clauses, sentences, frames/speeches, scene parts or incidents, scenes or episodes, acts or phases, sections/cycles, book/composition), and takes the best of form, source, narrative and literary criticism to offer readers one of the best looks at the theological and literary value of Genesis, the book of beginnings.

Overview of Genesis, by Bruce Waltke:
  • Theologically moderate
  • Uses the author's own translation from the Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia
  • Technical (knowledge of Hebrew is necessary)
  • A verse-by-verse exposition of the theology and literature of Genesis
  • Models ways to read and interpret the narratives of Genesis
  • Reflects on how the message of Genesis can address our contemporary theological and social issues, including ecology, homosexuality, temperance, evil, prayer and obedience
  • Addresses critical interpretive issues including authenticity, dating, and authorship
  • Innovative separation of Genesis into books, acts, and scenes, which aids in the understanding of both the structure and flow of Genesis
  • Geared for all educated Christians interested in a deeper understanding of this masterful piece of theological literature

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 656
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2001
Dimensions: 9.25 X 6.25 X 1.25 (inches)
ISBN: 0310224586
ISBN-13: 9780310224587
UPC: 025986224585
Availability: In Stock

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Publisher's Description

The Gold Medallion winning commentary by one of the leading Old Testament evangelical scholars that explores Genesis with the academic integrity you expect from a conservative commentary, but in an approachable style that addresses the text as 'theological literature.'

Author Bio

Bruce K. Waltke (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD, Harvard Divinity School), acknowledged to be one of the outstanding contemporary Old Testament scholars, is professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida, and professor emeritus of biblical studies at Regent College in Vancouver. He has authored and coauthored numerous books, commentaries, and articles, and contributed to dictionaries and encyclopedias. Cathi Fredricks (MCS, Regent College) lives in London, where she is an executive assistant at the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students.

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