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Fretheim s Exodus commentary is a good companion for reading Exodus It reflects the transition from historical critical to narrative criticism that was going on in the 80s and 90s Probably the strongest overaching insight Fretheim makes is the linking of the creation narratives of Genesis with the Exodus narrative at numerous points. Solid interpretation and commentary Stunning and awesome commentary on Exodus probably the best It has excellent and numerous insights in the theology of Exodus, not only in the introduction but in all the commentary But be aware of his non orthodox view on God s immuability he argues that God can changes and maybe of his historical viewpoint. This commentary is designed to help preaching the book of Exodus It s patchy at times Fretheim is wonderful, and at other times he seems to be stretching his homiletic points But a very useful commentary to have for preachers bringing the message of Exodus to their hearers. This book is one of the very best in the Interpretation Bible Commentary series This series is one from the critical camp that is aimed at preachers and teachers and is best known for its theological help Terence Fretheim has received several accolades for this work on Exodus.The Introduction begins with the big picture of what we have in Exodus He describes Exodus is both a Pre Christian and a Christian book He gives great insights on the correlation between Exodus and the New Testament Fu This book is one of the very best in the Interpretation Bible Commentary series This series is one from the critical camp that is aimed at preachers and teachers and is best known for its theological help Terence Fretheim has received several accolades for this work on Exodus.The Introduction begins with the big picture of what we have in Exodus He describes Exodus is both a Pre Christian and a Christian book He gives great insights on the correlation between Exodus and the New Testament Further, he comments on how we might honor both in the interpretive process Next, he tackles the critical perspective of Exodus While I could never agree with most of his conclusions, he still noted things worthy of tracing like the key transitional sections There is even less I could agree with him in terms of history he s much too skeptical there.The Introduction turns itself back toward great helpfulness when it offers a discussion on the theological task that we will find in Exodus His discussion of the leading theological issues is eye opening even if you couldn t agree with every conclusion he makes Still, this section alone makes the Introduction worth reading.The commentary itself would fall into the mid length category, but is especially theologically perceptive For example, I thought he made some brilliant comments about the interaction between Pharaoh s own hardening of heart and the Lord s hardening of his heart Taken as a stimulus for ideas rather than a straightforward guide, the commentary section will be beneficial to you.If you are a conservative Bible student like me, I would suggest that you will still enjoy this book on many levels although you will find some paragraphs completely subversive Not only is this commentary well written, but the author pulls out thoughts that others miss You will be the richer for interacting with it.I received this book free from the publisher I was not required to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255 Another fine commentary from the Interpretation series Read for bible study on the Book of Exodus. Really valuable commentary on Exodus Used it for a preaching series on the book of Exodus.Fretheim takes a literary canonical approach to the book but recognizes the source and higher critical conversation which dominated the last 100 or so years Really useful for preaching and engaging the text itself, in part because he deals with the final form of the text and doesn t get lost in the redactional weeds The sectional commentary is great, but the introduction is especially valuable in getting Really valuable commentary on Exodus Used it for a preaching series on the book of Exodus.Fretheim takes a literary canonical approach to the book but recognizes the source and higher critical conversation which dominated the last 100 or so years Really useful for preaching and engaging the text itself, in part because he deals with the final form of the text and doesn t get lost in the redactional weeds The sectional commentary is great, but the introduction is especially valuable in getting a handle of theological themes throughout the book and issues of history of interpretation hermeneutical considerations I found his assessment of liberation readings of the text very balanced and helpful There are useful excursuses on the plagues, on the law, and on the building of the tabernacle Read it alongside Peter Enns commentary in NIV application series They were a good pairing *Read ⇸ Exodus: Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching ⇨ The introduction to this book recognizes Exodus as a Christian book, although it respects its pre Christian roots in the Hebrew Bible The commentary then moves in a straightforward manner to review issues of faith and history, the critical and theological tasks of a commentary, and other leading theological concerns Terence Fretheim gives special treatment to the significance of the hardening of Pharaoh s heart, the relationship between law and narrative, and the shaping of literature by liturgyInterpretation 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 The bottom line An excellent commentary worth reading, and highly recommended for in depth hermeneutical analysis of the book of Exodus.I have yet to be disappointed by any of the volumes in the Interpretation series Let s face the facts the average layperson will not be reading this book, and the intended audiences are either those in a secular degree program taking a class on religion, or a student enrolled in a theological education program The highly studious and biblically curious also The bottom line An excellent commentary worth reading, and highly recommended for in depth hermeneutical analysis of the book of Exodus.I have yet to be disappointed by any of the volumes in the Interpretation series Let s face the facts the average layperson will not be reading this book, and the intended audiences are either those in a secular degree program taking a class on religion, or a student enrolled in a theological education program The highly studious and biblically curious also apply I was required to read this for a class and it was awful I didn t understand the format or the grandiose writing style and it was very, very boring Not for undergraduate students, but possibly for a really die hard scholar.