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Cited with permission. The Creation Account. in Genesis Part IV: The Theology of Genesis 1. Bruce K. Waltke. Moses’ revelation of God, given through the. To those familiar with the work of Bruce K. Waltke, the significance and value of Genesis will be instantly apparent. Others who are unfamiliar with Waltke have. Hebrew and Old Testament expert Bruce Waltke looks at the book of Genesis as a work of theological literature. Thus, he focuses on primary aspects of the story.

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Return to Book Page. Preview — Genesis by Bruce K. A Commentary by Bruce K. To those familiar genesi the work of Bruce K. Waltke, the significance and value of Genesis walfke be instantly apparent.

Exploring the first book of the Bible as “theological literature,” Waltke illuminates its meanings and methods for the pastor, scholar, teacher, student, and Bible-lover. Genesis strikes an unusual brude by emphasizing the theology of the Scripture text while also paying particular attention to the flow and development of the plot and literary techniques–inclusion, irony, chiasm, and concentric patterning–that shape the message of the “book of beginnings”.

This is no mere study tool.

Hardcoverpages. Published August 13th by Zondervan first published August 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Genesisplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Dec 01, Dan rated it really liked it. The Book of Genesis is one of the most studied books in the entire Bible. Not only due to its sheer size, nor its placement in the pentateuch, but to the theological that is found within its pages.

Therefore there has always been a disproportionate amount of commentaries about this first book of the pentateuch. Yet out of all of these commentaries very few are considered worthy of her preachers time and study.

One of these such commentaries is Genesis: A commentary, by Bruce K Waltke.

Genesis : a commentary / Bruce K. Waltke with Cathi J. Fredricks. – Version details – Trove

For he embarks on a study on the Book of Genesis in narrative theology. This is geensis to note since the genre of Genesis is narrative. Unfortunately not many commentators realize the importance of narrative theology and seem to miss the overall structure of the book as a narrative unit with separate narratives in between.

That is not to say that what is found within this page commentary is not phenomenal, rather the work leads you begging for more exposition of this type. Furthermore in this work the Covenant theological structure is emphasized, and covenant theology itself is at the forefront.


While, as stated, I do not hold to framework theology, Waltke does a wonderful job in explaining it without forcing you to accept it. Furthermore while he does argue for in this text, the rest of the commentary is not affected by his view of creation. Also Waltke does argue for a historical Adam which keeps this work solidly within Christian Orthodoxy. I therefore recommend this work to pastors who seek to have a narrative theological exegesis of Genesis, though I do suggest this work being used in conjunction with a more thorough exegesis of the Hebrew text.

This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review. Sep 13, Daniel Supimpa rated it it was amazing.

Helpful and beautiful to read. I consider it interesting for a different range of readers either biblical scholars interested in literary approaches, a bible study, or a curious investigator of a Christian reading of the Old Testament. In a personal conversation with the author in JulyDr. Waktke said that he wrote this book while he was working in a way larger and more technical project the Proverbs commentary on the NICOT series. The present commentary, he affirmed, was fruit of his t Helpful and beautiful to read.

The present commentary, he affirmed, was fruit of his time of leisurely and devotional reading of Genesis in order to ‘rest’ from his harder academic work. I’m very thankful for the outcome! The literary analysis and theological reflections are far from simplistic, taking a serious synchronic approach to the biblical text. Jan 17, Ray rated it really liked it. Waltke former Westminster prof is a real master of the OT. This commentary is generally solid, but waltme. It has the feel of cleaned up lecture notes.

In some places it is extremely rich waltkr insightful, in others surprisingly thin and obvious. Anyone teaching or preaching through Genesis will want this, but will also want to read a gebesis others. Allen Ross is probably the most detailed and helpful.

Boice is homiletical, careful, Reformed, bt tends to be more moralistic than Christ-centered. Indispensible are the two Iain Duguid volumes on select parts of Genesis. Kidner in TOT series is good.

Jul 26, William rated it really liked it Shelves: An excellent commentary, but not without its shortcomings. Waltke pulls together some extremely good insights that aren’t to be missed. His literary and characterisation analyses are also very good. I find Waltke especially helpful in that he draws on numerous sources and cites them.

This makes cross-referencing easy, but he gives the impression of discovering a new source, working with it for several chapters, and then forgetting about it. Waltke doesn’t cover text critical issue in any great d An excellent commentary, but not without its shortcomings. Waltke doesn’t cover text critical issue in any great detail either and he seems to ignore a lot of “background” issues and information.


Genesis: A Commentary

Sep 26, Graham rated it liked it. A decent commentary, well researched, but poorly formatted. This sometimes gets murky, and difficult to read. It’s worth having, but not the best option, IMHO. Jan 19, Warren B rated it really liked it. Really great and thorough commentary.

I learned a lot with this one! It presents some views about the origins of Genesis no pun intended that I had difficulty reconciling, but the way I see it, a good commentary always makes you consider an array of approaches so as to allow the reader some discrepancy. Nothing at all wrong with that! Oct 22, Mike rated it it was amazing. Waltke’s strength is in understanding the larger literary themes in Genesis.

The Creation Account: Part IV: Waltke

He doesn’t narrowly focus only on the immediate story but also shows the links between stories and the repeated themes such as the similarities between the judgment of the flood and Soddom and Gomorrah. Jan 17, Scott Cox rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is an excellent commentary on Genesis, with an interesting literary-analysis focus.

My only critique is what appear to be Waltke’s leanings towards the “Framework hypothesis” c. Meredith Kline for understanding the Genesis creation account.

Aug 11, Derek rated it really liked it. Great commentary on Genesis. Provides solid support for arguments, while giving some great understanding to the concept of sin in Genesis.

Written from a Reformed Perspective so have your filter prepared. Jul 04, Roger rated it really liked it. This commentary is simply amazing. Great book of reference.

I love the literary analysis. In a little more than pages, the book becomes a valuable help to any theology student who is looking for a serious but also resumed gnesis of the opening book of the Bible. Jan 05, Aimee rated it it was amazing. My Bible study has been working through Genesis since Jan 07 and this is my main resource. I think it is an incredible work which holds together all the aspects of a good commentary.

My only criticism is that his structure of Genesis seems forced at times. Jan 17, Trey Bahm rated it it was amazing. The authority on the Genesis account. A culmination of years of study of the Old Testament. Dec 20, Nate Walker rated it it was amazing. Really like the format of this commentary – concise, interesting comments on the text, with helpful theological reflections at the end of each section. Nov 04, Davin rated brude liked it.

However, compared to Walton, it is somewhat lacking in the language analysis part.