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The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition, and Interpretation

Format: Digital
ISBN: 9780830878888


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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Key Features

  • Presents the text of the Pentateuch as the primary focus
  • Pays particular attention to the poetic seams in the text
  • Presents an ideal text for students, professors, pastors, and lay readers


  • Understanding the Nature and Goal of Old Testament Theology
  • Finding the Author’s Verbal Meaning
  • What Is the “Historical Meaning” of Biblical Texts?
  • Finding the Big Idea in the Final Composition of the Text
  • Textual Strategies Within the Tanak
  • The Composition of the Pentateuch
  • Exploring the Composition of Legal Material in the Pentateuch
  • Is There a “Biblical Jesus” of the Pentateuch?
  • The Purpose of the Mosaic Law in the Pentateuch
  • The Theme of Salvation in the Pentateuch

Praise for the Print Edition

Sailhamer has made a valuable contribution to both Pentateuchal studies and the larger field of biblical theological studies.

—Roger D. Cotton, Enrichment

  • Title: The Meaning of the Pentateuch: Revelation, Composition, and Interpretation
  • Author: John H. Sailhamer
  • Publisher: IVP Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Pages: 632
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. O.T. Pentateuch › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9780830878888, 9780830838677
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-06-05T19:52:19Z

Dr. Sailhamer (1946–2017) began teaching in 1975, most recently at Southeastern 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, all from Zondervan. He contributed a number of articles and book reviews in various biblical journals and delivered several scholarly papers and particpated in several Old Testament Bible translation committees.