The Word Biblical Commentary series is known for its scholarly approach to the scriptures. This work on Joshua by T.C. Butler begins with introductory material concerning date and authorship of the book, as well as the setting, history and criticism of the text. He then goes into a section by section commentary of Joshua, discussing the structure and language of the book. A good commentary for teachers.
Format: Hardcover Number of Pages: 304 Vendor: Thomas Nelson Publication Date: 1983 Dimensions: 6 X 9 (inches)
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Trent C. Butler has a Ph.D. in biblical studies and linguistics from Vanderbilt University, has done further study at Heidelberg and Zurich, and has participated in the excavation of Beersheba. He served ten years on the faculty of the International Baptist Theological Seminary in Rüschilkon, Switzerland, and for twenty-two years as editor and editorial director for Holman Bible Publishers. Currently, he is a retired free-lance editor.
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4 Stars Out Of 5
Among the best commentaries on Joshua
April 11, 2011
Butler, a moderately conservative scholar has written one of the five best commentaries I've seen on Joshua (Hess, Howard, Woudstra, and Harris are the others). [I have not yet seen the commentaries by Hubbard or McConville & Williams, but based upon their previous work, I suspect their contributions will also be impressive]. Butler provides detailed discussions of textual and grammatical issues. He also provides an interesting introduction and extensive bibliographies. He sees more editorial activity than most conservatives do (but less than most liberals). His suggestion that the book is intended to be a biography of Joshua as the leader of God's people, is interesting and helpful, but probably overstated.