The Book of Leviticus

Gordon J. Wenham

The Book of Leviticus
The Book of Leviticus


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4.92307692307692 out of 5 based on 13 user ratings
armchairtheologian April 29, 2019 5 5
Though now somewhat out of date, this is still my favourite commentary on Leviticus. Wenham deftly explains rituals and customs that are difficult to understand, and he is well attuned to New Testament connections. Reading this commentary is in itself a devotional experience.
Princeton Seminary December 4, 2017 5 5
From a more evangelical perspective.
Slinger February 20, 2015 5 5
Very helpful
Tim Challies February 25, 2013 5 5
The clear leader in the field is Wenham whose volume is recommended by every commentator on the commentaries. Jim Rosscup of the Master’s Seminary quotes Dan Phillips who says it is a “Sparkling, inviting and generally convincing effort at showing the modern meaning and relevance of Leviticus, based on the legitimate and inherent meaning of the text. [It is] indispensable for preaching or teaching, and rewarding for personal (serious) study.” Note that Wenham’s work on Genesis is also the most-recommended volume for that book. [Full Review]
DZA January 11, 2011 5 5
Excellent commentary on the book of Leviticus by a leading evangelical scholar who is an expert on the Pentateuch.
R. Hansen August 25, 2009 5 5
This is a very good easy to read commentary. It would be appropriate for anyone whether scholar or pastor or simply one looking to understand Leviticus better. His interpretation is good and he helpfully has good overviews on some of the key issues that come up (“What is atonement? Why are somethings clean and other unclean? What were the purposes of the laws? What about punishments?”). Though of course each could lead one to further books for much greater detail, one is thankful for Wenham's clear concise explanations. This is definitely a great commentary to start any study of Leviticus with. This commentary, along with Tidball, will help one have a great experience in studying or teaching Leviticus.
Jim Rosscup September 20, 2008 4.5 5
Derek Thomas September 17, 2008 5 5
Ambivalent regarding dating but exegesis of text is extremely useful.
Brian LeStourgeon July 29, 2008 4.5 5
Wenham is cogent and useful, and I like the way he makes the connections to the NT. Rooker (NAC, 2000) is a good second for the relationship to biblical theology. Hartley (WBC, 1992) is also good for thoughtfulness.
This commentary is not only the best commentary on the book of Leviticus, it is one of the best commentaries on any book of the Bible that I have read. [Full Review]
Gordon Wenham has my favorite commentary on this difficult book. Wenham is especially strong on understanding the theological significance of cleanness/uncleanness, holiness, and other ritual matters. It's not as detailed as some of the following commentaries, but I think it's the best starting place for a pastor or Bible teacher. He's got a good sense of the symbolism behind most of the laws that sound very strange to the modern ear and what they would have meant to Israel. He ends each section with some reflections on connecting the material he's just discussed with the New Testament. Especially helpful are his explanations of how the New Testament authors would consider the various festivals and sacrifices as fulfilled in Christ in different ways. I thoroughly enjoyed working through this commentary. Wenham spends little time speculating on source critical issues, due to the circularity of most such arguments and the wide divergence of source reconstructions among those who spend their time making what flimsy consensus there is even less of a consensus. [Full Review]
Evangelical application of anthropology to categories of holiness. Oriented toward New Testament applications. [Full Review]
Denver Seminary Journal June 16, 2008 5 5
Evangelical application of anthropology to categories of holiness. Oriented toward New Testament applications. [Full Review]

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