- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: SPCK Publishing (22 Aug. 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0281054290
- ISBN-13: 978-0281054299
- Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.2 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Exploring the Old Testament: The Pentateuch: Pentateuch Volume 1: Pentateuch Vol 1 Paperback – 22 Aug 2003
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About the Author
Gordon Wenham studied theology at Cambridge, London (King's College), Jerusalem (Ecole Biblique), and Harvard University. He is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire, England. Among his writings are commentaries on Genesis, Leviticus and Numbers.
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Wenham holds his own interpretations, but he attempts to represent other view points fairly, allowing the reader to think through the issues that the text presents and come to their own conclusions. Digging deeper boxes throughout the chapters aim to pose questions that will make the reader think these things through as they progress.
While some may be frustrated by the way the book appears to steer a path between views rather than take sides, my impression was that the book helps to clarify without oversimplifying different positions in a way that can help students from different traditions understand what other people think.
For a book with only 199 pages of text, Wenham covers a lot of territory and packs in a lot of information! There are 11 chapters (including a 1 page "Epilogue"). Chapter 1 begins by asking, "What is the Pentateuch? Basic Features." Wenham discusses the name, the genre, why there are 5 books, and other introductory questions. Chapters 2-7 present an overview of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Each chapter looks at particular issues and problems related to each book, and gives a chapter by chapter commentary over the entire book. The reason that it takes 6 chapters to discuss 5 books is because Wenham spends 2 chapters on Genesis (dividing his discussion between Genesis 1-11 and then 12-50).Read more ›