Genesis

Gordon J. Wenham

Genesis
Genesis

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4.75 out of 5 based on 16 user ratings
Sateesh June 22, 2017 5 5
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Andrzej Stelmasiak June 17, 2015 4 5
Contrary to what Derek Thomas have written, Wenham does not maintain literary view of Genesis 1 - he is a theistic evolutionist.
nathan_soper January 9, 2015 5 5
Only read the first volume but it's fantastic. Wenham makes the best case I've seen for rightly placing Genesis alongside it's contemporaries as primarily a theological and polemical book. The WBC layout I've always found a challenge along with the unpointed hebrew but Wenham's coments on the hebrew text are still very helpful. 5 stars.
Noel Muscutt March 6, 2014 4 5
Very good commentary, but I would not agree with many that this commentary takes pride of place among others. I would highly recommend Wenham's commentary, but his adherence to Wellhausen is pervasive and weakens things. It is a bit dated as well.
Ben_Harvey February 27, 2012 4 5
This commentary is and will always remain a classic! A valuable edition to any library. However the reason I can not give this commentary 5 stars is the 'Word' series choice in layout, by far the most un-user friendly series I have come across. And makes for a very frustrating read.
DZA January 11, 2011 5 5
Excellent commentary on the book of Genesis by an leading evangelical scholar who is a world expert on the Pentateuch.
Chris Atwell June 18, 2010 4.5 5
Solid. I actually don't find this commentary as technical as Walton, Collins, and Sailhammer. You do need this in your library, if you're going to teach on Genesis.
John Glynn September 20, 2008 5 5
Jim Rosscup September 20, 2008 4.5 5
Derek Thomas September 15, 2008 5 5
It is difficult to imagine a less user-friendly layout than the Word Biblical Commentary Series. The series is uneven and occasionally goes overboard in literary/source criticism. But at least one up-to-date, critical commentary on Genesis should be on our shelves, and this is about the best. Maintians a literary view of Genesis 1.
The layout of the Word Biblical Commentary series is not the most reader friendly, but in the case of Gordon Wenham's commentary on Genesis, it is certainly worth the trouble. Wenham writes from a generally conservative evangelical viewpoint. His exegesis is careful and detailed and always worth consulting. [Full Review]
Gordon Wenham's WBC receives the best all-around reviews of any commentary on Genesis and from a wide range of people. Wenham is a moderate to conservative evangelical. He spends some time on source-critical issues, generally taking a skeptical stance toward those who think they can delineate sources and identify different time periods for different parts of the book. Wenham is good at historical background, often defending the plausibility of the narratives, particularly in the patriarchal section. He spends more time than most academic commentaries dealing with matters of theology and even Christian application. One strength is his proportionally-greater treatment of the structure of individual passages, although some might think it's a bit much. I did think the commentary was a bit briefer than I expected once you get through the literary and source-critical issues. His structural analysis shows a tightly-woven narrative by a single mind, which undermines the credence he shows to the general source-critical approach (as skeptical as he is of particular proposals in source criticism). Wenham has an absolutely stellar NICOT on Leviticus and a pretty good exposition in TOTC on Numbers. He also has done a lot of more general work on the Pentateuch and is generally seen as one of the top Pentateuch scholars of our time. [Full Review]
The best all-around Evangelical commentary that introduces the reader to the major interpretative issues and provides clearly writing on the exegesis and theological significance. [Full Review]
Denver Seminary Journal June 16, 2008 5 5
The best all-around Evangelical commentary that introduces the reader to the major interpretative issues and provides clearly writing on the exegesis and theological significance. [Full Review]

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