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Exodus (Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 3 | WBC)

, 1987
ISBN: 9781418503512

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Study the book John I. Durham calls “A trip across holy ground,” and learn how its narrative records the exhilarating liberation of Israel from Egypt. Durham considers the historical evidence for Israel’s presence and flight from Egypt, the call of Moses, Egypt’s plagues, and significance of Exodus’ abundance of cultic symbols and imagery. He evaluates modern critical perspectives on Exodus, and evaluates the legacy of nineteenth-century “higher critical” interpretation for the book’s historicity. Organized for easy reference, Word Biblical Commentaries make an ideal Bible study companion whether you are studying a single passage or a complete biblical book.

The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. This series emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for the professional theologian and instructor, the seminary or university student, the working minister, and everyone concerned with building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.

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“The primary burden of the Book of Exodus, however, is theological. The book is theological in concept, in arrangement, in content, and in implication. It is a book of faith, about faith, and directed primarily to those with faith. Those who read the Book of Exodus without faith, though they will inevitably profit from their reading, will not understand its message.” (Page xx)

“Theophany describes the advent of God’s presence; call describes the opportunity of response to that Presence. Theophany provides both stimulus and authority for response; response, despite a choice, is virtually inevitable following theophany.” (Page 29)

“The calf represented Yahweh on their terms. Yahweh had made clear repeatedly that he would be received and worshiped only on his terms.” (Page 422)

“Yahweh guided his people away from the shortest and most logical route and into an eccentric series of turns designed to depict confusion, first of all because of an intention to trick and then to defeat Pharaoh, and second, because he was not ready in any case to take his people on to the land he had promised them.” (Page 187)

“The piel imperative singular כבד means ‘honor, give weight to, glorify, esteem,’ in the sense of giving a place of precedence, of taking someone seriously.” (Page 291)

  • Title: Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 3: Exodus
  • Author: John I. Durham
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Volume: 3
  • Publisher: Word
  • Print Publication Date: 1987
  • Logos Release Date: 2002
  • Pages: 560
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible › Commentaries--Collected works; Bible. O.T. Exodus › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9781418503512, 1418503517
  • Resource ID: LLS:29.7.1
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-28T20:04:43Z

John I. Durham is professor of Hebrew and Old Testament at Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.


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  2. Pitrell



    This is certainly a good commentary, but the New American Commentary on Exodus is much more comprehensive and less expensive.
  3. Mike Harris

    Mike Harris


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