More than twenty-five years in preparation, this present study provides a form-critical analysis of the first eighteen chapters of the book of Exodus. Dividing his discussion between the Exodus and Moses traditions and the wilderness traditions, Coats examines each unit of the text of Exodus in turn, showing how the units’ internal structures reveal the genre and social setting in which the book was written and what that setting and genre mean for proper interpretation. Illuminating to scholars and students alike, this volume will open up a new perspective on this important section of Scripture.
Praise for the Print Edition
George Coats has long been known for his perceptive studies of Exodus, and now, in this volume, his detailed analysis of the structure of the first eighteen chapters appears. As a form-critical analysis of Exodus, this commentary will probably not be surpassed.
—Donald E. Gowan, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
- Title: Forms of the Old Testament Literature Series: Exodus 1-18
- Author: George W. Coats
- Publisher: Eerdmans
- Publication Date: 1999
- Pages: 190
About George W. Coats
George W. Coats (1936–2006) was professor emeritus of Old Testament at Lexington Theological Seminary, Kentucky. He wrote the commentary on Exodus 1-18 and coauthored Numbers in this series.