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Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey on our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary application. The information they offer is valuable--but the job is only half done! The NIV ...more
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published February 8th 2000 by Zondervan
(first published 2000)
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Really a great commentary. He gave a vibe of not really knowing what he was talking about though. It was as if he was writing about something that was out of his element and didn't spend the time necessary to have a comfortable hold on the issues. Still good and worth owning.
This excellent commentary on Exodus explains many of the subtleties of the book without becoming dry or pedantic. Enns makes logical New Testament and contemporary connections that are often enlightening. I enjoyed his sometimes quirky turn of phrase. For me, he accomplished his goal, to "lead to greater understanding of who the God of Exodus is and what it means to be bound to him through the death and resurrection of his Son." My favorite commentary was Philip Ryken, "Exodus", a 5-star for sur ...more
Peter Enns is Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has taught courses at several other institutions including Harvard University, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Princeton Theological Seminary. Enns is a frequent contributor to journals and encyclopedias and is the author of several books, including Inspiration and Incarnation, The Evo ...moreMore about Peter Enns
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