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Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Exodus

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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 liturgy. This volume highlights, in a unique way, the theology of creation in Exodus.

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“Its focus has to do with a food crisis, which leads to a faith crisis. The lack of discernment of God’s presence in the ordinary leads to a denial of God’s activity in the extraordinary.” (Page 181)

“The focus is thus placed on him, not simply as a historical figure, but as a symbol for the anticreation forces of death which take on the God of life.” (Page 27)

“Human questioning leads to fuller divine revelation.” (Page 62)

“Martin Luther King, Jr. (Where Do We Go from Here? Chaos or Community [New York: Harper & Row, 1967], p. 124) puts it this way: ‘The Pharaohs had a favorite and effective strategy to keep their slaves in bondage: keep them fighting among themselves. The divide-and-conquer technique has been a potent weapon in the arsenal of oppression. But when slaves unite, the Red Seas of history open and the Egypts of slavery crumble.’” (Page 85)

“Three daughters bring the son through death to life.” (Page 37)

The Interpretation series from Westminster John Knox Press is clearly established as a rich source for teaching and preaching. They have tapped the talents of a varied and esteemed group of contributors, resulting in what is clearly the essential comprehensive commentary series on the Bible.

—W. Eugene March, A.B. Rhodes Professor of Old Testament Emeritus at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

The Interpretation series is an invaluable resource for any leader or scholar interested in interpreting the biblical text to the broader church. Its works are essential for pastors, educators, and church libraries.

—Brian K. Blount, President and Professor of New Testament at Union Theological Seminary

  • Title: Exodus
  • Author: Terence E. Fretheim
  • Series: Interpretation Commentary
  • Publisher: John Knox
  • Print Publication Date: 1991
  • Logos Release Date: 2004
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Exodus › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:29.7.5
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-10-05T16:58:41Z

Terence E. Fretheim is Elva B. Lovell Professor of Old Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he has taught for more than 50 years. He is the author of more than 20 books, including Creation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters and Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Exodus.


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  1. PaulC



    Great exegetical commentary that gets you into and out of the text without being as heavy as Word Biblical or Anchor...
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