Genesis Commentary Recommendation Needed

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Paul | Forum Activity | Posted: Fri, Jan 2 2015 1:01 PM

Hello

One of my "New Year Resolutions" is to do a more thorough study of the Bible starting with Genesis.  Can you recommend your favorite commentary for Genesis?

Thank you and God Bless you!

Paul 

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Jonathan J Watson | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 2 2015 1:14 PM

Paul, assuming you've already got this month's Free Genesis commentary, I'd recommend the following Top 5:


WBC Vol 1 and Vol 2

NICOT Vol 1 and Vol 2

NAC Vol 1 and Vol 2

Waltke's Commentary

And the NIVAC

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 2 2015 1:15 PM

How detailed do you want it to be? There are series that have more than one volume covering Genesis. Any familiarity with Hebrew? Any formal training in exegesis? Some commentaries are more technical, others more devotional. What are you looking for?

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 2 2015 2:12 PM

Sarna, Nahum M. Genesis. The JPS Torah Commentary. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1989.

Should be on your essential reading list. To read the Pentateuch without getting the traditional Jewish perspective would be unfortunate.

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Alan Macgregor | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 2 2015 2:51 PM

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 2 2015 3:00 PM

Jonathan J Watson:

I'll second the recommendation of this one. It's a very pleasant one to read through cover-to-cover, and I very rarely read commentaries that way. In fact I think I've only ever read one other one straight through, Eugene Peterson's one on 1 & 2 Samuel.

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Allen Browne | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 2 2015 5:26 PM

Jonathan J Watson:
WBC Vol 1 and Vol 2

Hi Paul

I'll second Jonathan's top recommendation: Gordon Wenham's 2-volume commentary on Genesis from the Word Biblical Commentary series.

Wenham doesn't shy away from the technical issues and Hebrew language so it's not a simple devotional style, but  you'll gain a good understanding of Genesis from him.

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Kristin Dantzler | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 2 2015 6:22 PM

A great companion to the study of the first 11 chapters of Genesis is Navigating Genesis: A Scientist's Journey through Genesis 1 - 11 by Dr. Hugh Ross.  This particular title is not yet available in Logos but hopefully it will be added in 2015.

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Kevin Maples | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 2 2015 6:31 PM

Allen Browne:

Jonathan J Watson:
WBC Vol 1 and Vol 2

Hi Paul

I'll second Jonathan's top recommendation: Gordon Wenham's 2-volume commentary on Genesis from the Word Biblical Commentary series.

Wenham doesn't shy away from the technical issues and Hebrew language so it's not a simple devotional style, but  you'll gain a good understanding of Genesis from him.

I third that recommendation. I'd start with Wenham. Excellent commentary. 

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 2 2015 7:15 PM

Cassuto has some excellent commentary on Genesis, but if I recall correctly it was never completed. Unlike typical modern Jewish commentators, he dismantled the higher critical opinions. Also very good is Delitzsch's commentary, but it's not available yet (in the pre-pub Genesis collection upgrade).This isn't part of the Keil-Delitzsch set; it's different.

Genesis is read as a part of the Torah portion in traditional Jewish services. There's a JPS commentary for the Haftorah portion used for all the Torah readings  It's immensely helpful to read the connecting scripture. Finally David Stern's translation, the Complete Jewish Bible, has suggested New Testament readings for the weekly Jewish calendar readings.

 

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 2 2015 9:58 PM

OT Commentary Survey recommends Wenham and Hamilton, which matches my experience. I also like the JPS commentary, but those three provide very comprehensive coverage.

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Todd Bolen | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 3 2015 10:25 AM

This past year I've been reading through each of Kidner, Sarna, Mathews, Alter, and Ross. I've previously read through Waltke. The most thorough is Mathews (NAC) and he is not too technical. The others are good, but if I could only read one, it would be Mathews.

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Paul Strickert | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 3 2015 10:44 AM

Fretheim in the NIB is superb!

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Rich DeRuiter | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 3 2015 11:23 AM

Depending on your taste, and preferences, in addition to the excellent recommendations already I'd add.

Claus Westermann in the Continental Commentary series (this opens one of three volumes he has in that series)

and

Walter Brueggemann in the Interpretation series.

I'm beginning a series on the life of Joseph  tomorrow and have enjoyed most of what has been mentioned above. I've probably enjoyed Waltke the most, although for the life of Joseph (Gen. 37-50 only), I've also found Wilcox's approach helpful.

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Dan Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 3 2015 11:58 AM

Paul Strickert:

Fretheim in the NIB is superb!

  • Genesis explained with incredible commentary.

  • I have been a student of the bible most of my life, and have compared numerous commentaries and translations over and over, without finding very satisfactory explainations for most of the passages. I just acquired the complete set of The New Interpreter's Bible, and have read some of the general articles and the Genesis commentary from Vol. 1. I am extremely picky- but absolutely love the commentary, and find it right on the mark with my independent thoughts (I had lost hope that anyone would ever see it the way I do; most commentaries seemed to me not to ring of the truths in the passages). In addition, many more things are brought to light that I had never thought of in detail before, as well as things I had overlooked. I have renewed faith in the Bible due to this very enlightening commentary. 
This is a review I saw on Amazon and thought I would share... I do agree it is a very fine treatment on Genesis although it is only available in Logos as part of the bigger set (New Interpreter’s Bible (12 vols.)). -Dan
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Scott E. Mahle | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 3 2015 11:59 AM

Most certainly Victor P. Hamilton’s work In NICOT - The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17  and The New International Commentary on the Old Testament: The Book of Genesis, Chapters 18–50. Also well worth having in your library as you study is his Handbook on the Pentateuch. Of course, if you’re working your way up from Genesis you might also consider the Handbook on the Old Testament Series.

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Adam Olean | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 3 2015 1:11 PM

Todd Bolen:

This past year I've been reading through each of Kidner, Sarna, Mathews, Alter, and Ross. I've previously read through Waltke. The most thorough is Mathews (NAC) and he is not too technical. The others are good, but if I could only read one, it would be Mathews.

Absolutely! I have been teaching through Genesis on and off for the last 9 months. I am still gradually adding to my commentaries, but so far, after pretty regular use of Wenham, Hamilton, and Mathews for a few chapters and a several excurses into Genesis, Mathews has more often than not become my go-to commentary followed by Wenham and finally Hamilton. His commentary is truly a standout in the NAC series, providing unusual exegetical, literary, biblical, and theological depth and insight for a series that has many thinner volumes. So far, he's typically good about not missing the forest for the trees. He also takes some very welcome (although optional) excurses on issues such as man's creation in God's image, after his likeness. Even when I end up disagreeing with him, I am rarely disappointed that I consulted with him. Many have already noted the value of Wenham and others; It would be a shame to gloss over Mathews! I'm glad Todd chimed in here.

If you're looking for textual help, be sure to check out Ronald Hendel's "The Text of Genesis 1–11: Textual Studies and Critical Edition," which the author has made available for free online. I couldn't disagree more with Hendel theologically, but he provides a lot of excellent research, drawing also from the work of other OT textual critics/scholars such as Emanuel Tov. The BHQ's fascicle of Genesis is apparently well underway ("forthcoming 2015"?), but there is no telling when that might ever see the light of day in Logos.

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mab | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 3 2015 3:17 PM

I completely forgot to mention Fructenbaum's commentary on Genesis. Lots of meat and his breakdown on the generations is immensely helpful.

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Brad Kerkow | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 3 2015 5:14 PM

The People's Bible: Genesis. Jeske, John C. Northwestern Publishing House.

This is a superb, inexpensive overview commentary that is very readable. I normally begin with this and if it hasn't answered my questions I dive into something more technical.

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Rayner | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jan 3 2015 5:33 PM

Brad Kerkow:

The People's Bible: Genesis. Jesse, John C. Northwestern Publishing House.

This is a superb, inexpensive overview commentary that is very readable. I normally begin with this and if it hasn't answered my questions I dive into something more technical.

For anybody looking for that, it's Jeske, John C (not Jesse) and available here:

https://www.logos.com/product/4751/the-peoples-bible-genesis

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