A Commentary on Exodus

March 31, 2015 | Comments Off on A Commentary on Exodus

A Commentary on Exodus by Duane A. Garrett

A Commentary on Exodus by Duane A. Garrett

I love the Old Testament. I love Exodus. So I was excited when I was asked to review Commentary on Exodus, A (Kregel Exegetical Library) by Duane A. Garrett. This massive tome is absolutely full of useful information.

I love the history section. Garrett devotes a substantial amount of ink to the history and culture of ancient Egypt, lending a depth of background to the story of the Exodus.

The commentary section, which covers most of the book, is comprehensive. It offers Hebrew for some words, but not for every word. This makes it useful to both lay readers and those with a knowledge of Hebrew. Where the Hebrew is critical, he devotes several pages. For example, he offers a lengthy excursus on the origin and meaning of YHWH, examining every possible nuance of והיה and how it relates to I AM (אהיה). Of course, he offers extensive footnotes. One feature I appreciate is that all of the commentary is included in one section rather than the divided approach used by many academic commentaries. Every verse is given a fresh translation with copious explanatory notes, and particular attention is given to the poetry of Exodus, which the author demonstrates to be more abundant than previously believed.

This is an excellent commentary for small group leaders. It will equip you for leading a study on Exodus or Moses.


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