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on 27 July 2016
The clue is in the title, “Genesis for everyone”, as such its not the theological middleweight that I was hoping for. It’s an excellent introduction for someone perhaps new to the faith, or new to Genesis. Its easy to read, easy to follow the thought process and therefore a good starting point for someone not familiar with the main themes of Genesis 17-50. The chapters in the book generally follow the same chapter breaks in the Genesis account which includes the authors personal translation of the Hebrew text and a brief commentary. The authors commentary is of similar size to the text and often includes the authors real life experiences. If you are looking for something reasonably straight-forward and not seriously deep this might be for you. I could see it being useful as an accompaniment to devotional reading. If you want something deeper or more detailed try Genesis by James McKeown from the two horizons commentary series.
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on 5 April 2013
Having completed reading the New Testament for Everyone by Tom Wright (and before that the wonderful new daily bible study books by William Barclay) I have now moved on to the Old Testament by John Goldingay and have just completed Joshua, Judges and Ruth for Everyone. I am doing this to complement my separate daily reading of the bible itself. I have found the series excellent. Godlingay normally relates a story drawn from his own life and experience to develop the point found in the daily reading so it is a bit like listening to a good sermon. While I am well read in terms of christian reading I am not a theologian and find the level it is pitched at just right for me. Perhaps as another reviewer has said, it is not sufficiently in depth for a serious theology scholar but for anyone like me who wants a well written, intelligent and readable explanation of the Old Testament books I can happily recommend these.
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on 1 March 2013
Interesting mixture of sound learning and folksy stories that helps with the explanation, just as good as the first part
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on 16 March 2013
The book arrived promptly and proved to be very useful for the paper which I was writing at the time.
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on 6 October 2011
Many people will be wondering if Goldingay's books are as good as Tom Wright's New Testament equivalent. They are! Buy them!
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on 15 November 2016
I very helpful commentary
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