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Exodus (NIV Application Commentary | NIVAC)

, 2000
ISBN: 9780310490401

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Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don’t discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable—but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into a modern context. It explains not only what the Bible means but also how it can speak powerfully today.

Exodus, which is part of the NIV Application Commentary Series, helps readers learn how the message of Exodus can have the same powerful impact today that it did when it was first written.

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  • Preface by the author
  • In-depth introduction
  • Bibliographical references and indexes

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“Exodus is the story of God’s deliverance of his people.” (Page 42)

“The purpose of the desert tests are succinctly summarized in Exodus 20:20: ‘Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.’ ’ God tests his people for their benefit, not for his own. It is through passing and failing these tests that God’s people learn the nature of the obedience that he requires of them.” (Page 332)

“Not only are the Israelites to remember what God has done, but that memory is to motivate them to obey (v. 5).” (Page 387)

“This root problem is what we have seen earlier in 14:10–14: a lack of trust in God. By making the golden calf, the Israelites adopt a pagan representation of their God, who had already demonstrated in no uncertain terms his mastery over the pagan gods of Egypt.” (Page 569)

“To put it another way, Pharaoh is opposed to their fulfillment of the creation mandate to be fruitful and increase (cf. Pharaoh’s words in v. 9 with vv. 6–7). In this respect, Pharaoh represents not only a force hostile to God’s people by enslaving them (vv. 11–14), but a force hostile to God himself, who wills that his people multiply.” (Page 43)

Peter Enns is an American Old Testament scholar and was professor of Old Testament and biblical hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS), Philadelphia until 2008. He has a BA from Messiah College (1982), an MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary (1989), and MA (1993) and PhD (1994) from Harvard University where he also served as a Teaching Fellow from 1990–1994. Enns was the editor of the Westminster Theological Journal from 2000–2005. WTS suspended Enns following the end of the Spring semester, 2008 due to the theological issues raised in his book Inspiration and Incarnation. Enns decided to leave WTS after 14 years and did so on mutually agreeable terms with the WTS administration.


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