In his clear and readable, style Walter Brueggemann presents Genesis as a single book set within the context of the whole of biblical revelation. He sees his task as bringing the text close to the faith and ministry of the church. He interprets Genesis as a proclamation of God's decisive dealing with creation rather than as history of myth. Brueggemann's impressive perspective illuminates the study of the first book of the Bible.
Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching is a distinctive resource for those who interpret the Bible in the church. Planned and written specifically for teaching and preaching needs, this critically acclaimed biblical commentary is a major contribution to scholarship and ministry.
|Publisher:||Westminster John Knox Press|
|Series:||Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Series|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.89(d)|
About the Author
Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament, and is the author of numerous books, including Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I give this book 2 1/2 stars not because it is a bad book, but because it does not serve a purpose for me. This book is really geared towards the preacher or teacher looking to use the author's interpretation as a framework for their exposition of Genesis. As I am not a preacher or, formally, a teacher, this book was not worth the time for me to read. I recommend the Word Biblical Commentary by Wenham or the New American Commentary by Matthews instead of this one.
Caution! Failure to lead a Genesis study without having the benefit of Brueggemann will make your task MUCH more difficult. Simply, an outstanding resource.
If you are searching for a commentary on the book of Genesis to help in private study, or for preparation of teaching, then you have probably been frustrated by the blizzard of books on the subject which are either too lightweight, too evangelical, or too technical. Dr. Brueggemann's learned book delivers where the others fail. His prose is lively with penetrating insights into the text of Genesis that make you sit up, and say 'Oh yeah! I never thought of that before!' Dr. Brueggemann consistently discusses the texts with a voice that addresses the questions: What does this say about God's nature and desire? What does this say about my relationship with God? What does this say about society and my purpose in society vis-a-vis God and God's nature, purpose and desire? The author is internationally recognized as one of the leading authorities on the Old Testament, so you don't have to worry about buying a book with bad scholorship. And thankfully, the good professor keeps the lay audience in mind and does not indulge the academic penchant of catalogueing each verse as being composed by one of the 'JEPD' schools. In summary, this is a very good book (although the section on Joseph is a little weak on exegesis) for the person who is seeking a readable, enjoyable, and illuminating commentary designed to help the layperson apply the book of Genesis to their own lives, and to prepare lessons in that regard.