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Pentateuch as Narrative, The summary Î E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Most scholars studying the first five books of the Bible either attempt to dissect it into various prepentateuchal documents or at the very least analyze Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers and Deuteronomy as separate selfcontained documents The PentateuchD God of Israel In this context the Pentateuch pointed the reader forward to the hope of the New Covenant based on divine faithfulness Throughout the commentary Dr Sailhamer pays close attention to and interacts with a wide range of classical and contemporary literature on the Pentateuch written by Jews Catholics and Protestant. The two books that are recommended in our class on the pentateuch in the seminary are victor p hamilton’s handbook on the Pentateuch and john h sailhamer the Pentateuch as narrative and i’ve enjoyed both Think the both should be read together as they complement each other well Hamilton’s book is easy to read given the readerfriendly format and fonts which are important too – many writers dismiss that and of course the wellorganised contents Devoting one part for each of the five books in the pentateuch and further dividing each part into five sections hamilton addresses many issues pertaining to the pentateuch It also comes with solid bibliographies for each of the subsections One of my assignments in class was to write a short paper on each of the 5 books and i have uoted hamilton uite extensively Appreciate his insightsbr br Sailhamer’s book is less academic in the sense that it does not have long footnotes and impressive bibliographies – which means it is not as good a resource book compared to hamilton’s However by itself it is a very good read It is one of those books that one could read on a couch over a cup of coffee with lots of moments of eurekas And it is one with lots of depth too I would recommend one to start with sailhamer and use Hamilton to complement it If one has mastered these two books one could be said to be very familiar with the themes and contents of the pentateuch I wish to do that and thus am reading sailhamer again for the second time It is always a pleasurable treat reading sailhamer

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Most scholars studying the first five books of the Bible either attempt to dissect it into various prepentateuchal documents or at the very least analyze Genesis Exodus Leviticus Numbers and Deuteronomy as separate selfcontained documents The Pentateuch As Narrative focuses on the narrative and literary continuity of the Pentat. At 522 pages this was an intimidating commentary for a lay reader like myself However I still found it extremely accessible both in regard to Sailhamer’s vocabulary and the technicality of the material In fact his approach which prioritizes the literary structure of the work and its primary function as a coherent narrative rather than merely an anthology of laws and stories is easily understood for someone without much Biblicaltheological training br br One of the first things I noticed about a commentary of this magnitude is the absence of scholarly references At times it seems like Sailhamer is writing in a vacuum taking a stab at various passages without much research But that’s really not a fair reading of his work From Sailhamer’s credentials footnotes and list of works consulted it’s obvious he’s done his homework; his absence of scholarly sources rather than detracting from the force of of his argument instead strengthens the clarity of his points by focusing his position at least for a nonacademic audience br br As you might expect from a commentary that covers the entire Pentateuch the most compelling portions of this commentary—and likely the portions I’ll return to the most—are in regard to the narratives in Genesis and Exodus Sailhamer points out narrative patterns across the Pentateuch and the entire Biblical narrative at times that seem obvious once you notice them Even if I don’t remember the exact content of this work and I don’t expect I will Sailhamer has made a deep impression on me in regard to how I approach these books I’m deeply grateful br br Two other random notesbr I heard about this book through The Bible Project and it’s clear that Sailhamer’s fingerprints are all over their work br The introduction alone is worth the price of this book br

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Pentateuch as Narrative TheEuch as a whole It seeks to disclose how the original Jewish readers may have viewed this multivolume work of Moses Its central thesis is that the Pentateuch was written from the perspective of one who had lived under the Law of the Covenant established at Mount Sinai and had seen its failure to produce genuine trust in the Lor. This is really excellent especially his work on the compositional strategy of the Pentateuch