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Lexham Research Commentary: Genesis 12–50

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The patriarchal narratives describe God’s plan to restore a fallen and sinful people to right relationship with Himself through the special blessing on Abraham. The major themes of promise and blessing run throughout the patriarchal narratives as the promises are repeated to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The descendants of Abraham have been called to be God’s chosen people and the conduit of blessing to the world, but their internal conflicts consistently limit their effectiveness.

The Lexham Research Commentary is your starting point for study and research. Each volume gives you the tools you need to find answers quickly. This commentary is designed to do the time-consuming work of searching through commentaries, journal articles, and monographs to find the information you need, saving you valuable time by curating all of the best literature in one place—it’s a commentary on the commentaries. The annotated notes on the various viewpoints and interpretive options within the text allow you to quickly synthesize a broad range of views on a particular passage. Dense, jargon-filled research is distilled into easy-to-understand comments. As you critically study the text, the contextual notes help you place the passage within the narrow context of the biblical book and the broader context of the entire canon.


The Lexham Research Commentaries were formerly known as the Lexham Bible Guides.

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  • See connections. The overview format leads you to research topics you may have never read about or heard of. This snapshot view of the text provides an ideal starting point for sermon preparation or academic research.
  • Gain perspective. You’ll get an overview of all the relevant issues related to a particular biblical passage, from exegetical topics like structure and genre, to interpretive issues presented by commentators. You’ll also find links to lexicons and commentaries for word studies in Logos, plus lots of links to related literature for further study. Everything is organized and summarized in one spot—only a click away.
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Top Highlights

“Abram trusts Yahweh for provision, while Lot chooses what appears to be the best land for himself” (Genesis 13:1–18)

“Indeed, the message of the Jacob cycle of stories (Gen 25–36) could be summarized as God is faithful even when we mess things up again and again.” (source)

“Judah shows a care for his father that neither he nor his brothers displayed when they sold Joseph” (Genesis 42:1–44:34)


The Lexham Research Commentary provides the following for each literary unit:

  • Customizable media slides for use in the classroom
  • An introductory overview
  • An outline of the unit’s structure and biblical significance
  • A summary and explanation of key words, important facts, and controversial issues
  • A listing and description of related literature for further study
  • An application overview
  • Concluding thoughts

Product Details

  • Title: Lexham Research Commentary: Genesis 12–50
  • Author: Miles Custis, Douglas Mangum, and Wendy Widder
  • Editor: Douglas Mangum
  • Series: Lexham Research Commentaries
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2012

About the Authors

Miles Custis is the author of The End of the Matter: Understanding the Epilogue of Ecclesiastes, a Faithlife Study Bible contributing editor, and a regular Bible Study Magazine and Lexham Bible Dictionary contributor. He holds a Master of Arts in biblical studies from Trinity Western University.

Wendy Widder holds a PhD in Near Eastern studies from the University of the Free State, an MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and an MDiv from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. She is the author of Living Whole Without a Better Half, A Match Made in Heaven: How Singles and the Church Can Live Happily After, and the coauthor of The Forest and the Trees: Helping Teachers Integrate a Biblical Worldview Across the Curriculum.

About the Editor and Coauthor

Douglas Mangum is an academic editor for Lexham Press. He holds a PhD in Hebrew from the University of Free State and holds an MA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a Lexham English Bible and Lexham Research Commentary editor, a Faithlife Study Bible contributing editor, a Studies in Faithful Living co-author, a regular Bible Study Magazine contributor, and a frequently consulted specialist for the Lexham Bible Dictionary.


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  1. Mathew Haferkamp
    I like the idea of getting a summation of other commentaries, it helps me get an idea of the kind of work they contain. But overall I learned alot from this commentary.
  2. Dr. Bill Barrick
  3. Jonathan Romig
    I like the Lexham Bible Guide concept. Unfortunately 3/4 resources it links to I don't have in my library. This means this resource comes across as another attempt by Logos to get me to purchase more books. If they built a system that first linked the resources I already have, and then suggested a few for purchase that I don't already own, I would like that much better. For example, when it links to a dictionaries for "The Sabbath" topic in Genesis 1:1-2:3, it first links to three dictionaries I don't own (Dictionary of Biblical Imagery, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Pentateuch, and New Dictionary of Biblical Theology). It links to one resource I do own, The New American Commentary: Genesis 1-11:26, but it misses out on linking to other dictionaries I already own that have articles on the Sabbath (Easton's Bible Dictionary, Harper's Bible Dictionary, Eerdmans Bible Dictionary, etc.). The work around is to just go look at the topic in your own resources you pull up manually. Logos, please consider re-working this product so that it first helps me use the resources I already own before offering new products for me to purchase. I'm giving it 3/5 stars because although it is useful and a nice introduction, it's not as helpful as it could be, and as I already stated, feels like a sales pitch.
  4. Clifford B. Kvidahl
  5. Duane Pinkham

    Duane Pinkham


    I have the Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 12 - 50. It has 172,960 words and sells for $109.95. My calculations based on words per page in the WBC volume 1 on Genesis by Wenham, put this Lexham Genesis volume at about 300 to 330 pages. That is the same range of pages for the WBC volume 1 on Genesis which has a base price of $44.95 on Logos. So this map to commentaries is more than twice the price of a top commentary.
  6. Patrick Novak

    Patrick Novak