Genesis, by Tremper Longman III and published by Zondervan a fantastic new and modern commentary on the book of Genesis. Genesis, is the one of the most recent volume of the new, Story of God Bible Commentary, for which Tremper Longman III servers as the Old Testament editor of the series, a series which is fast growing and solidly helpful, this volume continues this legacy. Longman is one of the greatest living Old Testament exegetes and while he is no stranger to studious commentaries series this series, which is not aimed at the scholar is a unique addition to his repertoire, yet he does not disappoint.
Genesis, begins without a the typical in-depth study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, yet while introductions are common; this introduction is atypical of most commentaries. It is not that this work does dive into history and recent scholarship, which Longman does a phenomenal job of rather, he focuses on what the pastor and educated laymen would need to teach or preach the book of Genesis.
In reference to the commentary on the text of this historical book, Longman takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while sprinkling practical application to the reader throughout the textual commentary. A pastor will find that Longmans practical insights extremely helpful in giving application from the text to his congregants, while the laymen will find this commentaries easy to use formant and the non-technical format an easy read. It is truly the best of both worlds.
With regard of recommending, Genesis, to others I would whole heartily recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and Seminary Students, there is enough depth to this text to understand a particularly issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. The caveat is to the lay person who is looking for a commentary to read as a devotional it is not be suitable for devotional reading. Also a basic knowledge of Hebrew is not needed for understanding, Genesis.
This book was provided to me free of charge from Zondervan Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.
Genesis: The Story of God Bible Commentary
© 2016 by Tremper Longman III
Page Count: 593 Pages