The Pentateuch is the foundation for understanding the Old Testament and the Bible as a whole. From a career of study, John H. Sailhamer sums up his perspective on the Pentateuch by first settling the hermeneutical question of where we should set our attention. Sailhamer is convinced that the text itself should be our primary focus. He searches out clues left by the author and the later editor of the Pentateuch that will disclose the meaning of this great work. By paying particular attention to the poetic seams in the text, he rediscovers a message that surprisingly brings us to the threshold of the New Testament gospel.
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Sailhamer has made a valuable contribution to both Pentateuchal studies and the larger field of biblical theological studies.
—Roger D. Cotton, Enrichment
John H. Sailhamer began teaching in 1975, finishing his career at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He was President of The Evangelical Theological Society in 2000 and published a number of books, including An Introduction to Old Testament Theology, The Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary, and Genesis: The Expositor’s Bible Commentary. He contributed a number of articles and book reviews in various biblical journals and delivered several scholarly papers and participated in several Old Testament Bible translation committees.