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Handbook on the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
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Handbook on the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy

Author: Hamilton, Victor P.
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ISBN: 0801097738 / 9780801097737
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Baker Academic
Release Date: 2015-08-18
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For more than twenty years, Victor Hamilton's handbook has been introducing students to the Pentateuch. In this substantially revised second edition, Hamilton moves chapter by chapter through the Pentateuch, examining the content, structure, and theology. He surveys each major thematic unit of the Pentateuch and offers useful commentary on overarching themes and connections between Old Testament texts. For those who wish to do additional research, each chapter is appended with a bibliography of recent, relevant scholarship.


Preface to the Second Edition Preface to the First Edition Part 1: Genesis 1. Creation and the Fall (1–3) 2. The Sequence after Creation and the Fall (4–11) 3. Abraham (11:26–25:11) 4. Jacob (25:11–36:42) 5. Joseph (37–50) Part 2: Exodus 6. The Emergence of Moses (1–6) 7. Plagues, Passover, and the Exodus (7:1–15:21) 8. Testing in the Wilderness (15:22–18:27) 9. Law and Covenant (19–24) 10. Tabernacle, the Golden Calf, and Covenant Renewal (25– 40) Part 3: Leviticus 11. The Sacrificial System (1–7) 12. Priestly Ordination (8–10) 13. Clean and Unclean (11–15) 14. The Day of Atonement (16) 15. A Holiness Manifesto (17–27) Part 4: Numbers 16. Preparations for Departure from Sinai (1:1–10:10) 17. From Sinai to Kadesh (10:11–20:21) 18. From Kadesh to Moab (20:22–36:13) Part 5: Deuteronomy 19. Remember the Past (1:1–4:40) 20. Be Careful in the Future (4:41–11:32) 21. The Laws of Deuteronomy (12–26) 22. Blessings and Curses (27–30) 23. Moses’ Farewell (31–34) Index


"The strengths of Hamilton's revised Handbook on the Pentateuch include its balanced attention to all five books of the Pentateuch, helpful and updated bibliographies, fair-minded exposure to critical debates and competing viewpoints, sustained attention to theological themes and insights, and a clear and readable style. The book functions as a substantive one-volume commentary on the Pentateuch written from a moderate and informed evangelical perspective."

Dennis Olson, professor of Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

"It is a pleasure to recommend this work as an excellent introduction to the first five books of the Bible. Its sensitivity to the literary structures and emphases in the texts as well as its full awareness of classic and contemporary exegetical issues and scholarship provide an essential tool for introducing students and all interested readers to the fascinating world of the Pentateuch. Scholars in the field will also benefit from Hamilton's presentation of new and original ideas and up-to-date bibliographies."

Richard S. Hess, professor of Old Testament, Denver Seminary

"Hamilton has produced a second edition that is even more helpful for present and future generations of Bible students than the first edition. He has succeeded by revising and expanding the first edition with new insights garnered from biblical scholarship at large and from his own study as a biblical commentator and college teacher. The second edition maintains the original's strengths of succinctness without vagueness and simplicity without simplemindedness. The book is brimming with information that exhibits the proper balance of comments on ancient backgrounds, critical theories, and the biblical text."

Kenneth A. Mathews, professor of divinity, Beeson Divinity School

"The second edition of Hamilton's Handbook on the Pentateuch follows in the tradition of the first. It is not simply a rehearsal of biblical content but offers concise and scholarly summaries and articulations of modern scholarship on the Pentateuch, while also offering well-crafted, traditional, evangelical positions on many difficult issues that confront readers of the Pentateuch. The updated bibliographies are remarkable and provide valuable guidance to college and seminary students as they begin their own research. The format is pleasing, with many subsections that guide the reader along. Numerous tables and an index complete what will certainly prove to be a valuable reference and research tool."

Peter Enns, Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies, Eastern University

"Hamilton achieves with apparent ease what so many only attempt. He unites historical study with literary insight; he integrates diachronic critical concerns with synchronic, structurally sensitive insights; and he deftly places his own fresh reading of the texts in conversation with an astonishing range of scholarly literature that represents the full spectrum of research on the Pentateuch. All this is done within a sound theological framework that allows the text to be heard naturally as a rule of faith for the church."

Lawson Stone, professor of Old Testament, Asbury Theological Seminary

"Hamilton's Handbook on the Pentateuch provides an easily accessible and highly informative guide to the books of Genesis through Deuteronomy. Drawing on the best of modern scholarship, this handbook explores these major biblical writings in a manner that is both thorough and in keeping with their status as divine revelation. Amid the plethora of conflicting views expressed about the origins and contents of the Pentateuch, Hamilton offers a balanced and sane analysis, supplemented with up-to-date bibliographies."

T. Desmond Alexander, director of Christian training, Union Theological College, Belfast

Praise for the first edition

"Admirably serves the interests of evangelicals beginning an academic study of the Pentateuch. More advanced students would find its bibliographies useful. If you fall into either of these categories, I heartily commend its purchase."

Gordon Wenham, tutor in Old Testament, Trinity College Bristol

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