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A Commentary on Exodus
Garrett, Duane A.

Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2014 pp. 741. $29.68


Description: The true fountainhead of Old Testament theology, Exodus illuminates the significance of the name Yahweh and introduces the title I AM. It tells of Israelís formative historical event, the exodus, as well as the making of the covenant at Sinai. It includes the first code of the Law in the Decalogue and Book of the Covenant. It details Israelís besetting sin in the idolatry of the golden calf episode, but it also describes Mosesís intercession and the great revelation of Godís mercy. In its display of the Tent of Meeting, it presents the theology of the priesthood, the sacrifices, and the central sanctuary. A Commentary on Exodus explores all of these events with a view toward their significance both for the meaning of the Old Testament and for the message of the Christian church. Exegetically deep enough to satisfy the scholar and logically organized to meet the needs of the pastor, Garrettís commentary promises to become standard reference material in Exodus studies. ē Every verse is given a fresh translation with copious explanatory notes, and particular attention is given to the poetry of Exodus, which the author demonstrates to be more abundant than previously believed. ē The commentary also helps to dispel much confusion about Exodus by introducing the reader to Egyptian history and by carefully analyzing questions about the date of the exodus and the location of Mount Sinai.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Exodus, Literature

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Review by Pieter de Vries
Published 12/1/2017
Citation: Pieter de Vries, review of Duane A. Garrett, A Commentary on Exodus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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