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Commentary on the Pentateuch (5 vols.)

by Rushdoony, Rousas John

Mark R. Rushdoony 2002–2008

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Commentary on the Pentateuch (5 vols.)
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Overview

The first five books of the Bible lay the groundwork for everything to come. From the creation and the Fall, we learn about God and humanity. From the captivity in Egypt to Exodus, we learn about redemption and law. From the journey in the wilderness, to the brink of the Promised Land, we learn about the covenant, and get a foretaste of grace to come.

The Pentateuch is packed with rich meaning, yet its people and stories remain mired in controversy. From historical skeptics to heated arguments of six day creation, to abject misunderstandings of the book of Leviticus—by those both inside and outside the church—the Pentateuch has been a source of division instead of hope.

The 5-volume Commentary on the Pentateuch by Rousas John Rushdoony recovers the meaning and purpose of the Pentateuch for modern readers. These verse-by-verse commentaries return the Pentateuch to its rightful place—as central to our understanding of both humanity and God. Rushdoony makes sensible the genealogies, legal codes, and rituals. He recounts the lives of Adam and Eve, Abraham and Sarah, Moses and Aaron, and the other central figures of the first books of the Bible. The Commentary on the Pentateuch helps restore the significance of these important Old Testament for scholars, pastors, and ordinary readers.

What’s more, with Logos Bible Software, these important books by Rousas John Rushdoony are easier to access than ever! From countless Scripture references linked straight to the text of the Old Testament—both Hebrew texts and English translations (that you own)—to the powerful search tools in your digital library, the Logos edition allows you to study the Pentateuch like never before for research, sermon preparation, and Bible study.

Key Features

  • Verse-by-verse commentary on the entire Pentateuch
  • Important discussions of historicity, biblical law, and interpretation
  • Topical indexes
  • All Scripture references linked to Hebrew texts and English Bible translations (that you own)

Individual Titles

Commentaries on the Pentateuch: Genesis

  • Publisher: Ross House Books
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 297

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

There is no separation of history and theology in Genesis, nor in all the Bible. Our choice is between God and chance, between total meaning and total meaninglessness.

Genesis is the starting point of sound theology because it declares God to be the Creator and therefore the determiner of all things. Without this premise, Christianity begins to disintegrate. The restoration of a strong faith begins with the recognition of the centrality of Genesis to theology.

Commentaries on the Pentateuch: Exodus

  • Publisher: Ross House Books
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 554

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The law and the prophets are meaningless without the atonement, and the atonement is stripped of its meaning when separated from the law and the prophets. For the sovereign Creator of all things to enter into a covenant with man is an act of pure and total grace. At the same time, a covenant is a treaty of law whereby God declares that the way of peace with him is to talk in terms of his law, the way of righteousness or justice. These themes and more are integral to an understanding of the book of Exodus, as well as understanding redemption itself.

The comparisons between Israel's deliverance from Egypt and the redeemed deliverance from sin is brought to life in this second in Rousas John Rushdoony's Pentateuch series. In it, he makes it clear that God's covenant is brought to its perfection in Jesus Christ, and both the law and the prophets are validated.

Commentaries on the Pentateuch: Leviticus

  • Publisher: Ross House Books
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 412

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The objective of the Lord is the holiness of all the earth, and the reign of his justice in every sphere. The goal is a worldwide Garden of Eden that will overshadow the garden lost by the sin of Adam. Whereas as the first garden was limited and simple, this second one shall be worldwide and made more marvelous by the cultivation of man restored by the work of Christ.

Leviticus is an expansion of the marvelous law of God that enables man to extend God's reign in every sphere. It shows that holiness is the practical application of God's standard and not the higher plane of a supposed spirituality.

Commentaries on the Pentateuch: Numbers

  • Publisher: Ross House Books
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 428

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

The Lord desires a people who will embrace their responsibilities. The history of Israel in the wilderness is a sad narrative of people with hearts hardened by complaint and rebellion to God's ordained authorities. They were slaves, not an army. They would recognize the tyranny of Pharaoh but disregard the servant-leadership of Moses. God would judge the generation he led out of captivity, while training a new generation to conquer Canaan.

The book of Numbers reveals God's dealings with both generations. The rebellious in Israel are judged incessantly while a census is taken to number the armies according to their tribes. This was an assessment of strength and a means to encourage the younger generation to view themselves as God's army and not Pharaoh's slaves.

Commentaries on the Pentateuch: Deuteronomy

  • Publisher: Ross House Books
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 512

Sample Pages: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

If you desire to understand the core of Rushdoony's thinking, this commentary on Deuteronomy is a volume you must read. The covenantal structure of this last book of Moses, its detailed listing of both blessings and curses, and its strong presentation of godly theocracy provided Rushdoony with a solid foundation from which to summarize the central tenets of a truly biblical worldview—one that is solidly established upon biblical law, and one that is assured to shape the future.

This is why the book of Deuteronomy is central to a Gospel of victory in time and eternity. The redemptive power of Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit are the enabling forces for a people to once again live faithful to God's covenant—and Deuteronomy provides the details for that covenant. Rushdoony's study of Deuteronomy represents a sizable deposit into securing the obedience of the church.

Product Details

  • Title: Rushdoony Commentary on the Pentateuch
  • Author: Rousas John Rushdoony
  • Publisher: Ross House Books
  • Volumes: 5
  • Pages: 2,203

About Rousas John Rushdoony

Rousas John Rushdoony (1916–2001) was a well-known American scholar, writer, and author of over thirty books. He held B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California and received his theological training at the Pacific School of Religion. An ordained minister, he worked as a missionary among Paiute and Shoshone Indians and as a pastor to two California churches. He founded the Chalcedon Foundation, an educational organization devoted to research, publishing, and cogent communication of a distinctively Christian scholarship to the world at large. His writing in the Chalcedon Report and his numerous books inspired a generation of believers to be active in reconstructing the world to the glory of Jesus Christ. Until his death, he resided in Vallecito, California, where he engaged in research, lecturing, and assisting others in developing programs to put faith into action.