The Message of Genesis 1-11 (BST) by David Atkinson

51ce29xdurl-_sx331_bo1204203200_Genesis is one of the longest books in the Bible and because of this many commentaries have been written on and about it.   As with all commentaries they fall into three types, Popular (meant for the laity), Pastoral (written for Pastors and Teachers), and Scholarly (meant for scholarly pastors, theologians, and scholars).  The series the Bible Speaks Today fits into both Popular and Pastoral types depending on the authorship of the commentaries.

In regards to the entry on Genesis, there are two volumes.  The first covers Genesis 1-11, and the second Genesis 12-50.  The first volume is authored by David Atkinson.  He is an able scholar and minister, and this dual approach makes this volume an helpful volume.  There are many helpful comments about the ancient near east culture as well as practical application.

Unfortunately there is also a negative aspect to the volume.  Due to the important nature of the first eleven chapters of Genesis there is usually a large commentary section dedicated to it.  The commentary section in this volume is limited to less than 200 pages.  It is not that the commentary section of this volume is not useful to some, I just wish there was more of it.  This volume would greatly aid a Sunday School teacher or a small group leader, or even an uneducated pastor, yet studied pastor’s will be left wanting more.  This volume is great for a summary of each narrative section and application in preaching, yet a educated pastor will want to pair this volume with an more scholarly exegetical commentary.

This book was provided to me free of charge from IVP Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.


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