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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: IVP (18 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844742598
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844742592
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2.1 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"The Tyndale volumes have long been the premier shorter-length commentary series on both Testaments throughout the English-speaking world."--Craig Blomberg, Denver Seminary

"Tyndale commentaries are always useful, not least because they focus so clearly on the text of Scripture, and do not fall into the trap of paying too much attention to other commentaries and not enough to the scriptural text they are intended to expound and explain. So they retain their usefulness for preachers, Bible study leaders and for all readers of the Bible."--Peter Adam, principal, Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia

"Within its constraints, this series includes some outstanding volumes."--D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

"There simply is no series of medium-length commentaries that approaches the excellence of the Tyndale commentaries."--Donald A. Hagner, Fuller Theological Seminary --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f3b5150) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
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HASH(0x8f237540) out of 5 stars Helpful for the "big picture" 14 April 2005
By Thomas Parr - Published on Amazon.com
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Concise. Well-written. Very helpful in charting out the "lay of the land" of a very difficult Bible book. Numbers is long and notorious for its seeming lack of continuity. It includes extended lists of census results, detailed camping arrangments, fascinating human interest stories, and chapters of ritual law--all mixed together. How do you make sense of it all? How do the details fit into a unified, coherent whole? This is where Wenham helps. None of the seemingly unrelated parts escape his effort to see their logical connection to the main message. Not the last word on the unity of Numbers, but a very helpful start for those interested yet intimidated.
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HASH(0x8f222dc8) out of 5 stars Very helpful commentary - strong entry in this series 19 Mar. 2011
By David Kilpatrick - Published on Amazon.com
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First off, the 2008 date listed with this volume is the date of the reprint. This book is from 1981. Second, I give it a 5 star rating in the context of the scope of the series it is in. If it was in a series that tends to include more technical information, it would not rate five stars.

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.
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HASH(0x8f22d6c0) out of 5 stars Great insights, but too short 21 Dec. 2011
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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This commentary is the perfect example of why I simultaneously love Wenham's writing, but dislike the Tyndale series' constrictive format. All while reading, I kept feeling that I was only seeing the tip of the iceberg of what insights Wenham had on a particular passage, and found myself wishing that they had just let him write another hundred or so pages.

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.
HASH(0x8f22d6b4) out of 5 stars clear explanation 18 April 2015
By connie - Published on Amazon.com
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The author gave a very detailed explanation of the relationship between events in this book with similar events in Exodus. He also pointed out that some of the actions that seem very strange to us in 2015 were commonly accepted by people of that era, by both Jews and pagans.
HASH(0x8f23ae34) out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Mar. 2015
By PostTLux - Published on Amazon.com
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Everything that falls from the quill of Wenham is worthy of our consideration. This commentary is no exception.
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