Duane Garrett is the John R. Sampey Professor of Old Testament Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has also served as a pastor and missionary. He coauthored A Modern Grammar for Biblical Hebrew and coedited the NIV Archaeological Study Bible, as well having written numerous Old Testament commentaries.
Have you ever struggled with studying Exodus? Needing a good conservative commentary on Exodus? Or even became disinterested while reading Exodus? Well, if that is you, this commentary is a game changer.
Dr. Garrett opens up the introduction by stating that “Exodus is the true beginning of the story of Israel”(15). In the introduction, he discusses the sources and composition of Exodus. Following that, he discusses the language used in the Hebrew text, the criticism and poetic style of Exodus. Since the history and culture of Exodus is important to the whole book, Garrett spends much of the introduction going into detail of Egypt (location, people, language, history, etc). At the end of the introduction, Garrett discusses the dates and other topics that might provide some controversy. Dr. Garrett brings clarity to the controversy.
The textual analysis is broken into 7 parts. Part One covers 1:1-2:10, Two covers 2:11-7:7, Three covers 7:8-15:21, Four covers 15:22-19:25, Five covers 20:1-24:11, Six covers 24:12-31:18, and Part Seven covers 32:1-40:38. The appendix covers the poems of Exodus. Each part breaks into a brief overview, the scripture, its structure, commentary and theological points gained from the text.
This commentary is beneficial for the pastor/student, or one who just wants to grasp Exodus. The structure of this commentary is helpful because it will keep the reader on task. If you are a student in Hebrew, this is work is immensely rooted in the biblical language. Finally, this is a conservative commentary in the aspect that Dr. Garrett believes the Exodus really happened, and we should too! It is hard to find Old Testament commentaries today that are well thought, written, clear, and believe that the events really took place. Praise God for commentaries such as this!
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Evan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.