John H. Sailhamer, Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. & Richard S. HessZondervan / 2008 / HardcoverOur Price$34.994 out of 5 stars for Genesis-Leviticus, Revised: The Expositor's Bible Commentary. View reviews of this product. 5 Reviews
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The Geeky Calvinist4 Stars Out Of 5FantasticMay 22, 2018The Geeky CalvinistQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4The expositors Bible commentary has been recognized as one of the leading Commentary series for the past quarter-century. Having started in 1978 and completed in 1992 is Commentary series was in sore need of a revised updated Edition. Therefore in 2008 the expositors Bible commentary begin its revised Edition of all of its 13 volumes of commentary. Completed in 2012 this Commentary series included updated commentaries of almost every book included in the previous version as well as fleshing out a previous commentaries as well.
The better updated versions in this Commentary series is that of the commentary on the books of Genesis ([REVISED and UPDATED] Sailhamer) and Exodus ([EXPANDED] Kaiser) and Leviticus ([NEW] Hess).Weighing in at just under 900 pages each book gets a mid-level commentary treatment, yet each individual commentary has invaluable exegesis that most pastors will greatly appreciate.
This book touted as one of the better volumes in the series. Each passage is thoroughly treated looking not only at the Hebrew text but dealing with critical questions, exegetical points, and practical application. This commentary truly is for both the pastor and Scholar. Furthermore it is not inaccessible to the Layman who desires to get a thorough treatment of this section of Holy Scripture for their understanding. I highly recommend this commentary as the one of the betters works on these books of the Pentateuch for a Pastor as to the scholar who is looking to write a paper on a specific theme or passage in these books. You can truly not go wrong with this fantastic commentary.
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Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Pastor Friendly!February 9, 2018Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Volume 1 of the Expositors Bible Commentary (EBC) series in this revised edition covers the books from Genesis to Leviticus. As is common in this series, this volume is a revision of an already valuable commentary. In this case, two authors revise their original work while another is replaced with a new scholar. Theres some great help to be found in this volume.
The Book of Genesis is revised by the original author, John H. Sailhamer, who is known for his writings on the Pentateuch. It appears to me that the earlier part of the Introduction is not majorly revised, but much material is added farther in. He begins with a discussion of the historical background, followed by one on the unity of the book. Next, he discusses authorship, date, and place of origin. In doing so, he reviews both the traditional and critical viewpoints. He expands to discuss the compositional view where he surveys what he calls In-Textuality. He goes on to discuss purpose, literary form including an assessment of structure, and the final shape of the primary history. He also compares it to the Old Testament (Tanak) as a whole. After an outline, he jumps into the commentary and gives an overview, commentary, and textual notes on each passage. I agree with those who rank it highly.
The Book of Exodus is done by prolific scholar Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. I have long had a deep respect for his work. I am aware that some think that his work on Exodus is not long enough while others expressed disappointment that his revision was not more in-depth. Still, his work strikes me as quite helpful in a series with the aims that the EBC has. In the Introduction, Kaiser discusses title and theme, authorship and unity (with conservative conclusions), date of writing, the text of Exodus, the date of Exodus, the route of the Exodus, and a brief discussion of theology. After a brief bibliography and outline, along with a chart about the Tabernacle, he jumps into the commentary proper. Its in the same style mentioned above and is very well done.
The Book of Leviticus has Richard Hess replacing the work of R. Laird Harris. Mr. Hess has also written a commentary on the Song of Songs that is highly regarded. In his Introduction, he reviews name and text, date and authorship (with a favorable view of Mosaic authorship), scholarship and interpretation, and theology. Most agree that he has turned out a substantial improvement over the old edition. The commentary is outstanding and there are a few charts along the way that greatly help understanding.
This commentary provides great help on Genesis, Exodus, and Leviticus. Its a bargain with its three commentaries for one price deal. Pastors and Bible students will love it!
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Stephen Sims5 Stars Out Of 5Excellent CommentaryNovember 6, 2015Stephen SimsQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As a pastor and Bible teacher, I have found this commentary to be very helpful. I am currently teaching a Bible study on Genesis, and this commentary is the best and most useful of all commentaries I own on Genesis.
RICHARD HOLTClovis, NMAge: 45-54Gender: male3 Stars Out Of 5Worth BuyingOctober 8, 2012RICHARD HOLTClovis, NMAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3All four contributors to this volume do a competent job of discussing their assigned books. I have found this volume to be generally helpful. There are better treatments in the larger commentaries, but there is some value here. I bought this volume a few years ago. I still find myself referring to it from time to time. I have never regretted this purchase.
DiscipleGreenville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male2 Stars Out Of 5February 4, 2011DiscipleGreenville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2Dr. Sailhammer is a great scholar and for the average student of the Word of God teaching a Sunday school lesson this book may be somewhat helpful but for a pastor trying to prepare sermons and teach for discipleship it does not provide enough information to be very helpful. I will be returning this book t CBD.
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