Waldemar Janzen


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Pages: 496 pages
Publisher: Herald Press
Published: 2000
ISBN-10: 083619134X
ISBN-13: 9780836191349


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Princeton Seminary December 4, 2017 5 5
Janzen’s commentary on Exodus is guided methodologically by the following choices: His primary interpretation strategy is to read Exodus in a canonical-literary way. The text of Exodus is considered a meaningful whole that is to be understood in the tradition in which it stands, namely its biblical surroundings. A literary reading provides Janzen with the tools to read the book as a whole. His selection from various literary possibilities focuses on observations by a first implied reader as well as a knowledgeable, repeat reader. Amongst the general emphases of Janzen’s Exodus reading is the assertion that “salvation,” and not liberation is the center of Exodus’ message. Janzen understands the difference as follows: “Exodus leads from the service of a usurping tyrant to the service of a legitimate and gracious Master; from the groaning of slaves to the celebrating of privileged partners” (p. 26). Instead of narrowing liberation down to political realities, Janzen allows enough scope to include spiritual liberation. Another emphasis is that Janzen repudiates false covenant contrasts. Gospel (good news and salvation) and law do not present distinct entities, but are intricately interwoven. Janzen interprets Exodus as structurally presenting a mini-exodus leading to Moses’ commissioning followed by the exodus, which leads to Israel’s commissioning. Both these commissions are given after a safe arrival and welcome by Jethro. [Full Review]

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