Numbers: An Introduction and Survey (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries) Paperback – 18 Jul 2008
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Gordon J. Wenham is lecturer in Old Testament, Trinity College Bristol. He was formerly Professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire.See all Product Description
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With that said, Wenham's commentary is a very strong entry into the Tyndale Old Testament Commentary (TOTC) series. The TOTC series is quite uneven (for example, I have found some entries are relatively weak and often unhelpful). Wenham's commentary on Numbers provides a lot of substantial information and is better at anticipating the kinds of questions you have in terms of why you consult a commentary in the first place. It does not bog you down in technical information that other commentaries can do.
I'd strongly recommend any Bible reader to consider reading John Walton's Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible. I recently completed it and now as I read the OT, I feel like I've gone from watching a 13 inch black and white TV to watching a 40 inch High Definition color TV. As a result of reading Walton's book, as I read though Numbers recently, I felt less inclined to consult a commentary because the goings on narrated in Numbers suddenly make a lot more sense. With that said, you are still going to want to consult a commentary for specific questions, and Wenham's is a great choice. After reading Walton's book, the material in Wenham's commentary supplements it nicely - I feel like I get a more complete picture of the text than I would with either alone.
By the way, I'm impressed with Ashley's NICOT volume on Numbers as well. Numbers has some very difficult passages for modern, Western readers. But after reading Walton's book on the conceptual world of the Ancient Near East, and consulting Wenham's and Ashley's commentaries (along with the IVP Bible Backgrounds Commentary), most of those difficult passages make much more sense, without resort to work arounds that stretch credulity.
In terms of how much this costs (very little) and how tremendously helpful this usually is, buying this volume is a no-brainer.
The commentary is solidly conservative, and particularly strong on literary observations. This is a great book for someone who wants a quick overview of Numbers, but those looking for a more "in-depth" coverage of the details will need something a little bigger to go along with it.