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Genesis 16–50 (Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 2 | WBC)

, 1994
ISBN: 9781418503505

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Examine the compositional sources, textual witnesses, chronology, and theological significance of Genesis with Pentateuch expert Gordon J. Wenham. Review and evaluate modern critical perspectives on Genesis, and consider the legacy of nineteenth-century “higher critical” understanding of Genesis as an evolutionary document, and its relationship to other ancient Near Eastern creation stories such as the Enûma Eliš. This volume contains an illuminating excursus on the significance of circumcision. 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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“His old name, Jacob, recalled his past underhand dealings; his new name, Israel, recalled this incident in which he wrestled with God and prevailed. ‘Thus his renaming as Israel is not merely an honourable accolade, it is itself a valuable gift, a blessing’ (Dillmann, 357). Whenever his descendants heard this name, or used it to describe themselves, they were reminded of its origin and of its meaning, that as their father had triumphed in his struggle with men (i.e., Esau and Laban) and with God, so they too could eventually hope to triumph. Within this episode, of course, his new name is a guarantee of a successful meeting with his brother Esau.” (Page 297)

“So this story of Jacob’s struggle with God summed up for Israel their national destiny. Among all their trials and perplexities in which God seemed to be fighting against them, he was ultimately on their side; indeed, he would triumph, and in his victory, Israel would triumph too.” (Page 303)

“To bestow a blessing, the blesser must know who he is blessing. But for an angel to ask Jacob’s name is superfluous. However, by divulging his name, Jacob also discloses his character. It is here a confession of guilt; as Jeremiah puts it, ‘Every brother Jacobs [rsv, is a supplanter]’ (Jer 9:3 [4]). In uttering his name, Jacob admits he has cheated his brother; cf. ‘Is he not rightly called Jacob? He has tricked me these two times’ (27:36).” (Page 296)

“The reference to dawn indicates first that the struggle continued a good while, and second explains why Jacob was unaware of his foe’s identity and indeed took him on. Had he realized that his enemy was divine, he would never have engaged him in a fight.” (Page 295)

  • Title: Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 2: Genesis 16–50
  • Author: Gordon J. Wenham
  • Series: Word Biblical Commentary
  • Volume: 2
  • Publisher: Word
  • Print Publication Date: 1994
  • Logos Release Date: 2002
  • Pages: 564
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Genesis › Commentaries
  • ISBNs: 9781418503505, 1418503509
  • Resource ID: LLS:29.6.6
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-28T20:04:15Z
Gordon J. Wenham

Gordon J. Wenham (1943–) is recognized as an expert on the Pentateuch. He studied theology at Cambridge University and went on to do Old Testament research at King’s College, London. He also spent time at Harvard University and in Jerusalem at the Ecole Biblique and the Hebrew University. Along with currently teaching Old Testament at Trinity College, Wenham leads Trinity’s pilgrimages and study tours to the Holy Land. He has held teaching positions and served as visiting lecturer at several institutions around the world.

From 1995 to 2005, Wenham was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire, where he now holds the title Professor Emeritis. Wenham also taught Old Testament at Queen’s University in Belfast.

Some of Wenham’s publications include the volume on Genesis in Word Biblical Commentary, the Numbers volume in the Tyndale Commentaries, the Pentatech volume of Exploring the Old Testament, and the volume on Leviticus in The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament.


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    Gordon J. Wenham's commentary on Genesis stands out as the gold standard for a reason. Wenham skillfully avoids a simplistic, black-and-white interpretation of the text, offering readers a nuanced understanding of each passage. His expertise shines as he delves into the intricacies of the text, leaving readers eager to explore the commentary from cover to cover.
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