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A new volume in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series from distinguished Old Testament scholar T. Desmond Alexander, Exodus grapples with the many and varied complexities of the carefully constructed literary collage of the second book of the Pentateuch. Alexander's detailed commentary not only illuminates the dramatic and unified story of the how the Israelites come into an intimate and exclusive relationship with the Lord God, but also forwards fresh insight on one of the most influential books ever written.
About the Series
The Apollos Old Testament Commentary (AOTC) aims to take with equal seriousness the divine and human aspects of Scripture. It expounds the books of the Old Testament in a scholarly manner accessible to non-experts, and it shows the relevance of the Old Testament to modern readers. Written by an international team of scholars and edited by David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham, these commentaries are intended to serve the needs of those who preach from the Old Testament, as well as scholars and all serious students of the Bible.
The AOTC series introduces and examines the books of the Old Testament, bridging the gap between the age in which they were written and the age in which we now read them.
Number of Pages: 708
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)|
Series: Apollos Old Testament Commentary
The Geeky Calvinist5 Stars Out Of 5A Needed Conservative Scholarly TreatmentSeptember 23, 2017The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Exodus is an Old Testament commentary, written by T.D. Alexander published by IVP Academic, one that this pastor, has been anxiously awaiting for since its announcement. It has been a long time since a conservative yet highly scholarly work has been published on the Book of Exodus and T.D. Alexander did not disappoint, weighing in at almost 800 pages.
This commentary is the newest edition of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary Series with editors David W. Baker and Gordon J. Wenham, a series which is synonymous with excellent exegesis and superior application, this volume not only continues this legacy, but truly propels it to new heights. This volume is one of the most articulate and practical commentaries on the second book of the Pentateuch which is usually bogged down by from criticism and JPL theory. Yet while Alexander does answer these critical issues, something he does flawlessly by the way, he interacts with critical scholarship in a way most conservative commentators dont. From this it is easy to see why Alexander is a highly regarded scholar and superior exegete.
Exodus has two main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by a insightful exegetical commentaries on the second book of the Pentateuch. With regard to the general introduction it is the typical study into the introductory matters of the book and how they relate to the Bible as a whole. This is a serious scholarly work which dives into contextual as well as the as the different methodical approaches to study of this book Hawk takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while applying it directly to the modern day reader. He also uses his own translation of the Hebrew text, which demonstrates his depth of knowledge of the text itself. I do wish though that there was more application to some of the more difficult passages
While I disagree with Alexander on a few minor issues with regard to Old Testament interpretation, the arguments he makes are sound and brought up new ideas I had never considered before. Alexander is innovate in his interpretation and application while staying stalwart in his commitment to orthodoxy. In the vein of recommending, Exodus, to others I would recommend this commentary to pastors and scholars, yet I would highly recommend pastors, such as myself, to pair this scholarly commentary with one that is one that has more of a pastoral tone. There are many commentaries about Exodus available at this moment but Exodus of the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series is a very scholarly works worthy of your time.
This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Exodus: Apollos Old Testament Commentary
2017 by T.D. Alexander
Publisher: IVP Academic
Page Count: 784 Pages
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great New Commentary!August 26, 2017Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Careful, detailed, cautious, seasoned, thorough these are the first words that come to my mind after perusing this latest volume in the Apollos Old Testament Commentary series. Mr. Alexander has literally spent his career in the Book of Exodus. Beyond his background in Exodus, the authors preface states: I write from a position of believing that the book of Exodus carries an authority that is of divine origin, being more than simply the product of a human author. In admitting his bias, he makes me feel that Im in better hands.
For years Ive been hearing that we should expect a major, conservative exegetical work for Mr. Alexander on Exodus. From what I can see, he has lived up to the hype. It seems that Exodus has been blessed with more pastor-friendly volumes than top exegetical works that the scholars would salivate over. Mr. Alexander has managed to write in the commentary sections material that will please pastors while his lengthy discussions of form and structure on every passage would give the scholars all they could hope for.
I genuinely enjoyed the Introduction. He began with a section on what he called the Exodus Story that exposed the big picture and showed the author particularly adept at theological observation. His discussion of the literary context of Exodus, the relation of Exodus to the rest of the Old Testament, and especially the section on relating Exodus to the New Testament were all brilliant. After that, he got more into the scholarly issues like structure, authorship and date, and criticism. I feel more comfortable with Moses having written Exodus than he does, and cant be as generous to some critical scholars as he is, but he clearly describes the boundaries of the discussion. He seems to want to date the Exodus in the 15th century BC, but a few arguments that didnt impress me pushed him into the 13th century BC. His section on the text of Exodus was short as he deals with so many things in the commentary itself.
Mr. Alexander well handles the Apollos commentary framework. Each passage has his own translation that focuses more on pointing out unique things in the text rather than flowing English, appropriate notes on the text, all followed by an extensive form and structure discussion that ranges from worthwhile information to interacting with esoteric, critical viewpoints. Next, we find a commentary section that is of great value followed by a shorter explanation section that is helpful to expositors.
Theres not many reviews out there before mine, so I will venture a prediction that this volume will be highly respected and important for decades to come. I highly recommend it.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.