Victor Hamilton, a prolific writer, leading scholar, and accomplished commentator presents us with Exodus: An Exegetical Commentary. Drawing on decades of classroom experience, Hamilton offers here a comprehensive exegesis of the book of Exodus.
The commentary proceeds pericope-by-pericope some of which are quite large (e.g. 19.1-25), and others which are smaller (e.g. 27.20-21). For each pericope, Hamilton provides an original translation which resembles the way the biblical text appears in a standard pew Bible. This translation is then followed by detailed grammatical and lexical notes, and finally by the commentary proper. The technical language present in the grammatical and lexical notes in no way appears in the commentary itself, and so non-specialists will have much to gain from hamilton's comments.
The commentary is formatted in a cohesive very readable "essay style" and does not employ sectional breaks for each verse. Rather, Hamilton provides an essay on each pericope and he attunes the reader to what verse(s) the commentary is addressing by placing chapter-verse notations in the margin (see "Excerpt" link above). Hamilton also relates Exodus to the rest of the Bible, provides introductory on Exodus' theology, and provides extensive indices and bibliography.
Readers conversant with Baker Academic's Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament [BECNT] series will find the format presented here quite familiar.
Accessible, up-to-date, exegetical/text-focused, and evangelical this commentary opens up the riches of the book of Exodus, and will be valued by professors, students, as well as pastors and laity with advanced experience with biblical study.
Victor Hamilton, a highly regarded Old Testament scholar with over thirty years' experience in the classroom, offers a comprehensive exegesis of the book of Exodus. Written in a clear and accessible style, this major, up-to-date, evangelical, exegetical commentary opens up the riches of the book of Exodus. Hamilton relates Exodus to the rest of Scripture and includes his own translation of the text. This commentary will be valued by professors and students of the Old Testament as well as pastors.
Victor P. Hamilton (PhD, Brandeis University), now retired, was professor of Bible and theology at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, for more than thirty-five years. He is the author of a two-volume commentary on Genesis, Handbook on the Pentateuch, and Handbook on the Historical Books.
"Victor Hamilton has produced an excellent commentary on the book of Exodus. It is clearly written as a useful reference for teachers, pastors, and students of the Bible. He provides his own translation and grammatical notes for each section, followed by an extended commentary that draws deeply on the best sources of a rich interpretive tradition. Evangelicals will find his references to related New Testament texts as well as contemporary comparisons to be helpful resources for teaching. This commentary is a valuable addition for anyone seeking to understand the foundational story of the emerging people of God in Scripture.
--James K. Bruckner,
Professor of Old Testament, North Park Theological Seminary
Victor Hamilton has given to us a full discussion of the archaeological backgrounds, alternative views, and the meaning of the book of Exodus. Students of the Word will be especially helped by his interpretation of the Decalogue and his grammatical and lexical notes on each section of the book of Exodus. This commentary will make a fine contribution to the growing number of excellent works on Exodus.
--Walter C. Kaiser Jr.,
President emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
Victor Hamilton's commentary on Exodus contains his own unique, detailed, and constructive translation and interpretations of the texts of Exodus fueled by a wide-ranging dialogue with a wealth of previous scholarship on the book. For Hamilton, Exodus is about the full range of God's relationship with God's people--everything from liberation and covenant making to rebellion and restoration--with the ultimate goal of God's dwelling in the midst of God's people, Israel. All along the way, Hamilton expertly guides readers into the ways in which the book of Exodus intersects with other Old Testament and New Testament texts, offering a rich feast of theologically fruitful insights.
Charles T. Haley Professor of Old Testament Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary
Hamilton offers a clear and concise commentary on the book of Exodus. Perhaps even more important than his interaction with the latest scholarship, he answers the questions that people actually ask when they read the text. While his treatment of alternative viewpoints is always fair, he offers his own mature reflection on each passage with clarity and wit. This is a very fine commentary.
--Daniel I. Block,
Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
Expansive in its coverage, expertly attentive to the Hebrew text, wise in its judgments, and written in a straightforward style, Hamilton's commentary makes sometimes-difficult material accessible and richly rewarding to a variety of readers. The English-speaking world enjoys several good commentaries on Exodus, and this one will rightly take its place among 'best in class.'
--V. Philips Long,
Professor of Old Testament, Regent College
In an engaging style, Hamilton provides an interpretation of the text that is hermeneutically and theologically sound as well as nuanced. Though he has interacted with the best scholarship on Exodus and the ancient Near East, his explanation of the meaning of the text is consistently accessible. This is a valuable resource for students and pastors or anyone who wants to better understand this important book from a well-grounded, evangelical perspective.
--Peter T. Vogt,
Professor of Old Testament, Bethel Seminary