The Pentateuch as Narrative   -     By: John H. Sailhamer
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Zondervan / 1995 / Paperback

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The Pentateuch as Narrative focuses on the narrative and literary continuity of the Pentateuch as a whole rather than individual books. It seeks to disclose how the original Jewish readers may have viewed this multivolume work of Moses. Its central thesis is that the Pentateuch was written from the perspective of one who had lived under the Law of the Covenant established at Mount Sinai and had seen its failure to produce genuine trust in the Lord God of Israel. In this context, the Pentateuch pointed the reader forward to the hope of the New Covenant, based on divine faithfulness. Throughout the commentary Dr. Sailhamer pays close attention to and interacts with a wide range of classical and contemporary literature on the Pentateuch, written by Jews, Catholics and Protestants.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 544
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 1995
Dimensions: 6 X 9 1/4 X 1 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0310574218
ISBN-13: 9780310574217
UPC: 025986574215
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Most scholars studying the first five books of the Bible either attempt to dissect it into various pre-pentateuchal documents or, at the very least, analyze Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy as separate, self-contained documents. The Pentateuch As Narrative focuses on the narrative and literary continuity of the Pentateuch as a whole. It seeks to disclose how the original Jewish readers may have viewed this multivolume work of Moses. Its central thesis is that the Pentateuch was written from the perspective of one who had lived under the Law of the Covenant established at Mount Sinai and had seen its failure to produce genuine trust in the Lord God of Israel. In this context, the Pentateuch pointed the reader forward to the hope of the New Covenant, based on divine faithfulness. Throughout the commentary Dr. Sailhamer pays close attention to and interacts with a wide range of classical and contemporary literature on the Pentateuch, written by Jews, Catholics, and Protestants.

Author Bio

John H. Sailhamer is professor of Old Testament at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Brea, California and was formerly senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.. His other works include An Introduction to Old Testament Theology and The NIIV Compact Bible Commentary.

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 31, 2008
    Christian Biehn
    Brilliant. Dr. Sailhamer gives a detailed and accurate look at the Pentateuch. Best book I have ever read on the subject
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 15, 2008
    Olivia Lashambae
    This is another good book that focus on the Lord God Almighty, Yaweh, the new Covenant/faithfulness and soft contemporary literature that is easy reading.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 9, 2005
    Britt Treece
    Best commentary on the Pentateuch, period. Sailhamer pays close attention to the text and links within the narrative. His writing is clear, God-centered, and devotional. Great, great, great commentary. Get it and read up on the Pentateuch.
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