in Word Biblical Commentary

by H. G. M. Williamson

4.85 Rank Score: 7.61 from 17 reviews, 9 featured collections, and 24 user libraries
Pages 476
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Published 1985
ISBN-13 9780849902154


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Hugh Williamson’s commentary, along with Joseph Blenkinsopp’s, set the standard for critical commentaries on Ezra-Nehemiah in the 1980s. Even though this commentary is approaching 40 years old, it remains the gold standard in its careful treatment of the text, its clear evaluation of the critical issues, and its poignant theological engagement. [Full Review]
Carlos Baner Carlos Baner November 21, 2019
very important
G Ware G Ware May 24, 2018
The three commentaries on Ezra-Nehemiah I rely on (Williamson, Fensham, Blenkinsopp) were all published around the same time, but still hold up quite well. Williamson is the most technical of the three. If you are willing to work with the somewhat annoying WBC format, this is a wonderful commentary, especially the introduction, which is surprisingly short for a technical commentary (roughly 30 pages) but distilled well, avoiding speculative tangents.
offers an excellent interpretation of these books, with thorough discussion of contemporary scholarship
Tim Challies Tim Challies August 5, 2013
There is not only near-consensus on the best commentary on Ezra and Nehemiah, but also near-consensus on the second best–Williamson’s contribution to the WBC. Williamson takes a more scholarly and technical approach than Fensham, making this a little bit more difficult to read. His strength is in word study, background, customs and the like. With Fensham this should make a pretty good one-two punch in understanding and interpreting the text. [Full Review]
John Glynn John Glynn September 20, 2008
Jim Rosscup Jim Rosscup September 20, 2008
Williamson's commentary is a scholarly standard on these books and should be consulted in conjunction with Fensham's work. There is more technical information in Williamson's work, but it is less user friendly due to the cumbersome format of the WBC. [Full Review]
A judicious survey of the historical and major exegetical issues with an awareness of the archaeological component. [Full Review]
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