Genesis: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching (Paperback)
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The aim of the Interpretation (IBC) Commentary is not to extend the knowledge displayed by other commentaries, but rather to bring the text of Genesis "closer to the faith and ministry of the church."

The risk of such an undertaking is easy to see, but the rewards are equally as great, and warrant any risk. Thus, one can expect a great deal of interpretation of the text, and at times it may be controversial. Nevertheless Brueggemann pushes forward with the interpretation of the text.

Here you will find a steady exposition of the text of Genesis that attempts to bring together historical-critical research, and theological understanding and application. Primary for Brueggemann is the concept of "calling" in the book of Genesis. This is Brueggemann's "center" in interpreting the book and it is distilled from the belief that "God calls the worlds into being" and "God calls us into the church".

This is all done for the purpose of considering the text of Genesis as addressed to the community of faith. The community does not seek to do what critical exegesis does, but the community does depend on critical exegesis in formulating a faithful theology, and response to the text. Thus, Brueggemann does not ignore scholarship, but seeks to appropriate it for a specific end, that of edifying the church.

Anyone who desires to enrich their understanding of faith at a very profound level, without scholarly jargon will find this series and especially Brueggeman's work here useful. Yet, Brueggemann does not leave the scholarly behind, he uses it to create an interpretation and understanding of this compelling, and often mistreated book. Genesis is ideal for pastors, educated laity, and undergraduate courses on the Pentateuch and/or Genesis.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0664234372
ISBN-13: 9780664234379
Series: Interpretation Commentary

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In his clear and readable, style Walter Brueggemann presents Genesis as a single book set within the context of the whole of biblical revelation. He sees his task as bringing the text close to the faith and ministry of the church. He interprets Genesis as a proclamation of God's decisive dealing with creation rather than as history of myth. Brueggemann's impressive perspective illuminates the study of the first book of the Bible.

Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.

Author Bio

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament, and is the author of numerous books, including Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.

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