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Genesis: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.