Saturday, January 10, 2009

Genesis Thru Numbers by Tremper Longman

Genesis Thru Numbers

QuickNotes Simplified Bible Commentary Series, Vol. 1: Genesis Thru Numbers
by Tremper Longman

Trade Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Barbour Publishing
First Released: 2009

Source: Netgalley, online ARC from publisher

Back Cover Blurb:
Here's an accessible reference that aids personal Bible study or Sunday school preparation-the QuickNotes Simplified Bible Commentary, designed for the everyday Christian, not the scholar. The sixth volume to release in the 12-volume set covers Genesis through Numbers, and gives you section-by-section commentary on the flow and theme of each book, as well as historical and literary context for each. Major interpretations are presented for controversial passages and topics. Puzzling passages and Bible practices are explained, and charts and diagrams further aid your understanding. "Take Home" segments provide a practical application for each passage.

This commentary breaks each book into sections and identifies the location and length of time taken for each event. The meaning of the Hebrew words are sometimes examined in-depth so that the reader can accurately understand how Hebrew readers would have understood the words and verses. The commentary also briefly covers the different prevailing views of various verses. The commentators tend to lean toward the plain reading of the verses, but they rarely take a definitive stand.

The text occasionally notes relevant archeological information, and maps and charts are included. Overall, "Genesis thru Numbers" is a good, basic commentary.

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