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The Geeky Calvinist
4 Stars Out Of 5
A Needed Commentary on the Proto-History of Genesis
September 2, 2017
The Geeky Calvinist
Genesis 1-11:26 is an Old Testament commentary, written by Kenneth A. Matthews and published by B&H Academic is an enduring work of academic excellence and superior Exegesis with pastoral care. This commentary is a foundational edition of the New American Commentary Series, a prestigious series which is synonymous with outstanding exegesis and unparalleled application, this volume not only continues this legacy, but propels it to new heights. Genesis 1-11:26 is one of the most articulate and practical commentaries on the first book of the Pentateuch in Holy Scripture. This was a study that is needed in the light of the current cultures attack of the concept of sin and foundationalism. Matthews is a highly regarded scholar and professor at Beeson Divinity School and has written two other commentaries in the NAC series (Genesis 12-50 and the Judges portion of the Judges & Ruth commentary).
Genesis 1-11:26 has two main sections the typical general introduction, and then followed by a insightful exegetical commentaries on the first book of the Pentateuch. With regard to the general introduction Matthews spends a great deal of time defending the hisoricity of the book of Genesis as well as varying literary motifs. Matthews spend just shy of 100 pages on his introdcution and it is very well worth a read. The translation of Genesis that Matthew uses is the NIV (New International Version), thankfully it is the 1984 version of the NIV rather than the 2011 version, which has rid itself of much of Gods gender.
While I disagree with Matthews on a few of issues with regard to Old Testament interpretation, his scholarly work on the first book of the Pentateuch is very well researched and written for a pastor preaching or teaching through the book of Genesis exegeticaly. In the vein of recommending, Genesis 1-11:26, to others I would recommend this commentary to pastors and scholars. There are many commentaries about Genesis available at this moment but Genesis 1-11:26 of the New American Commentary series is commentary too good to pass on.
This book was provided to me free of charge from B&H Academic in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
This volume begins with an excellent introduction to the book of Genesis followed by a verse-by-verse explanation of chapters 1 through 11. I found this book to be very easy to read. The author incorporates customs of the early Jewish people which greatly enhances the meaning of the text. An exellent addition to the library of anyone interested in studying this fascinating book of the Bible.