The Old and New Testament Library series offers authoritative commentary on many Old and New Testament books and provides additional theological works that closely examine major aspects of both testaments. This important series contains modern works written by noted authors as well as classic volumes of scholarship. Commentaries in this series provide fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, offer critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, pay careful attention to their literary design, and present a theologically perceptive exposition of the text. Individually, each of these commentaries allow teachers and students to hone in on unique elements present in a stand-alone book of the Bible. Together, the power of these commentaries and theological works provides a plurality of perspectives that together facilitate better interpretation and clarity from the podium, behind the pulpit, and beyond.
Taking a pioneering approach to commentary writing, Brevard Childs gives an entirely original treatment to the book of Exodus. Apart from the philological notes and translation, this commentary includes a form-critical section, looking at the growth of the tradition in its previous stages; a consideration of the meaning of the text in its present form; and a consideration of its meaning in its total Old Testament context.
“Whatever is thought to have been the original reading, it is clear that the Massoretic Text accepted the first alternative and described the midwives as Hebrew.” (Page 16)
“The grim reality is that even when redemption finally comes, it is accompanied, not by the heroic martyrdom of the brave partisan, but by the senseless murder of children. The salvation promised by God is not greeted by a waiting world, but opposed with the hysterical fanaticism which borders on madness.” (Page 25)
“The clever response serves to highlight the stupidity of the king who would ‘act wisely’. Once again, the frail resources of two women have succeeded in outdoing the crass power of the tyrant.” (Page 17)
“Again, both stories witness to the wonderfully unexpected rescue from a humanly impossible situation.” (Page 25)
“Finally, both stories testify to the suffering of the people which accompanies the redemption.” (Page 25)
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