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Leviticus: An Introduction and Commentary

4.39  ·  Rating details ·  36 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Preaching's Preacher's Guide to the Best Bible Reference for 2014 (Old Testament Commentaries) Levitical rules and regulations can at first appear irrelevant to contemporary Christians--but they provide important Old Testament background for understanding large portions of the New Testament. Leviticus describes a point in human history when God came and dwelt in the midst ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 30th 2014 by IVP Academic (first published November 15th 2013)
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Michael W.
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Years ago I taught a series of classes through Leviticus for the congregation I served then in west Texas. One day as we were wading through a particularly difficult passage, one of the women shouted out, "Why are we even studying this book? It doesn't make any sense and it doesn't matter, anyway!" Jay Sklar, professor of Old Testament and dean of faculty at Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, gives students of the Bible renewed reasons to read and relish this biblical book in his 336 page s ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I used this as my primary commentary whilst preaching through Leviticus over 9 weeks. Sklar was consistently thorough, giving attention to almost all of the issues I was looking for guidance on week by week. This volume is also a little more scholarly than I had expected from the Tyndale series -which was excellent. I share Sklar's basic theological outlook (Reformed-Evangelical), having found him via his articles on Leviticus on The Gospel Coalition website, which made his commentary user-frien ...more
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Tyndale Old Testament Commentary series is a stalwart study of God’s word that has been trusted for decades and will continue to be trusted for decades Moore. One of the newer volumes in this historic Legacy is the volume on Leviticus. The previous volume by R. K. Harrison has been supplanted buy the new volume by Jay Skler.

This is Jay Skler’s first foray into the Tyndale Testament Commentary series yet this is not his first attempt at a commentary itself. Skyer is a professor of Old Testame
Lindsay Kennedy
Leviticus is a difficult book to understand, and quite the challenge for pastors and teachers. One of the difficulties is that it’s impossible to dip one’s toe in and expect any payoff. To truly understand and benefit, one must plunge into the deep end of the Levitical world of sacrifices, rituals, and purity laws. That’s to say, the application is found in the strange and complex details, not apart from them. At the same time, it can become easy to start sinking in the details. What one needs i ...more
Andrew Bondurant
Jul 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read the book of Leviticus many times because I knew that all of Scripture is "...profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness." There was only one major problem: I did not understand much of the background or correlation with the rest of Scripture. A couple years ago I read Hebrews at the same time I was reading Leviticus and gained a greater appreciation for both the role of Christ as High Priest and the ultimate sacrifice, but I still did not ...more
I have been blessed by Dr. Sklar's scholarship and preaching on Leviticus numerous times in my church, and I am grateful that this commentary exists so that others can benefit as well. I appreciate that the commentary can be used readily by scholars, seminarians, and ordinary congregants -- one can gain a great deal simply by reading the "Context" and "Meaning" sections for each chapter of Leviticus, but one can delve into the verse-by-verse commentary as needed.

I chose to go verse-by-verse, wh
Mike Jorgensen
Dr. Sklar is a fine scholar, but this work only scratches the surface of his work on Leviticus. Having had him in class, this series confines his teaching to too short of a volume. The commentary is still good and helpful, but could be much much better. Most of the controversial decisions he had to make were not sufficiently backed here. The introduction also sets several expectations that are not met by the book itself.
Nov 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: commentary
This is an excellent commentary on Leviticus. It is biblical, approachable, and practical. Though Leviticus can be an intimidating book, Sklar helps readers see how practical Leviticus is for today while also explaining some of the more difficult passages and how they relate to today.
Scott Allen
Nov 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jay Sklar not only explains the reasons God gave the Israelites the laws and statutes contained in Leviticus, he also opens your eyes to what the book means to us in 2016.
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