1. Genesis: NIV Application Commentary [NIVAC]
    John Walton
    Zondervan / 2001 / Hardcover
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  1. Dave Kilpatrick
    North Syracuse, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent source of in formation on Genesis
    August 6, 2012
    Dave Kilpatrick
    North Syracuse, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have Genesis commentaries by Wenham (WBC) and Hamilton (NICOT). Both are excellent. Walton provides much more information to help understand the Ancient Near Eastern Background of the book of Genesis. He provides sensible interpretations to some of the trickier portions of Genesis, particularly in the earlier chapters.

    This is my first volume in this series, and I read it cover to cover. I found the "Original Meaning" sections EXTREMELY helpful. The "Bridging Contexts" sections were mixed, sometimes bringing out more significance of the original meaning, and for this reason, I'd recommend not skipping these sections. However, the "Contemporary Significance" section, while intelligently written, seemed quite remote from the text.

    HOWEVER, because the Original Meaning and (often) the Bridging Contexts sections are so valuable, I recommend this commentary highly, even if you don't read the "Contemporary Significance" parts.
  2. James L.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 3, 2008
    James L.
    This is an utterly amazing book! I've been studying for the ministry for years now and have had to read several commentaries on Genesis. This one is the best, hands down. Walton deals with the text as it was written over 3000 years ago and does an excellent job at remaining loyal to the text without putting in his own bias. The other commentaries seemed too interested in defending the young earth view and didn't deal with the book through the eyes of Moses when he wrote it.If you want a book that gets you away from thinking as a 21st century westerner, then this is the book to invest in. You'll get the background material, the historical context, and the original language that you'll need to get a better understanding of the first book of the Bible.
  3. The Geeky Calvinist
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Mid-Level Commentary
    April 21, 2018
    The Geeky Calvinist
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of the hardest books to preach through is the Book of Genesis for its length and rolling narrative makes it hard to preach only a section without preaching the entire book as a whole. It is therefore extremely helpful that Zondervan Publications has put out a commentary on the Book of Genesis in the NIV application Commentary series. This commentary is well-known and respected in both popular and scholarly circles. For the NIV application Commentary series truly helps the exegete understand the original context of the text as well as its contemporary significance.

    This commentary is written by fame theologian John H. Walton. His background and his deep understanding of the historical books of the Old Testament combine to make a phenomenal work on the book of Genesis. With regard to the introductory section to both of the books inside this work I found the introductory section on the Book of Genesis comparable to most mid-level commentaries diving into both composition purpose as well as a few biblical theological components.

    In dealing with the commentary proper, the textual commentary is written in pericope sections rather than dealing with a verse by verse exegetical study. This is the form at which the NIV application study commentary, is exclusivity written init was therefore not a surprise, but it is something that a reader should expect. This does not negate in any way this commentaries usefulness rather it enhances a preachers focus on seeing the forest through the trees. I therefore recommend this commentary wholeheartedly as a useful tool to both the preacher, teacher, uneducated laymen, and Sunday school teacher. I do suggest though that this commentary be paired with a more solid one that deals exegetically with each verse.

    These books was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Press in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
  4. Carlos Cosendey
    Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 1, 2013
    Carlos Cosendey
    Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent! The book is informative, detailed and very apropriate for those wich like study commentaries.
  5. Dan Parker
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazingly Valuable
    May 8, 2012
    Dan Parker
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I thoroughly read this book and found it to be the most authoritative and well written research I have ever read on the ancient world of Genesis. John Walton brings that prehistoric world and its practices into focus revealing what people may have understood in that era, and thereby shining light on the significance of what God was doing - for example regarding the Tower of Babel. With my comfortable chair in the highly privileged western world, I am led on a pilgrimage into another time, far removed from what I could even consider until reading this. Many seem to prefer a Sunday School approach that simply relates to and highlights the wonderfully familiar stories of the patriarchs that my parents and teachers taught me in early childhood. I am grateful to those faithful ones who gave me a basic understanding, even though that led me to many questions about meanings and practices of those early times. This book is not for those who simply want comments and expansion on that with which they are already familiar. This one-of-a-kind book reveals significant research and findings that I would not otherwise have at my disposal. If it's a Sunday School commentary you want that simply expands upon your favorite characters and happenings, buy some of the other plentiful volumes out there. If you want a valuable journey into ancient realities that lie beyond anything we may have imagined, buy this priceless commentary and enjoy what is revealed through the sacred research of a true scholar.
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