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Genesis for Everyone, Part 1

(Old Testament for Everyone)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  62 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Following on the heels of the successful New Testament for Everyone commentaries by acclaimed scholar and author N. T. Wright, Westminster John Knox is pleased to announce the first volumes in the all new Old Testament for Everyone Bible commentary series.

John Goldingay, an internationally respected Old Testament scholar, authors this ambitious series, treating every passa
Paperback, 197 pages
Published March 19th 2010 by Westminster John Knox Press
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Darwin Ross
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
John Goldingay, is obviously a great scholar, as shown by the ease with which he can navigate the technicalities of the narrative. As important, though - even more so, for the intent of this "For Everyone" series - scholars of his stature seldom know how to talk to ordinary people, but the ease with which he can also bring the elements down to the level of the ordinary person, to engage him or her personally, is awesome to behold! Every student of Genesis should begin with this painless overview ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Accessible. Fun to read. Doesn't avoid the hard questions. Goldingay, a respected professor of Old Testament, is an excellent guide for those who believe that you don't have to interpret every passage in the Old Testament literally to believe that every passage is truth, inspired by God. I particularly like it when, despite having devoted his life to the study of the Old Testatment, he writes regarding some passages, "We're just not sure what this means." In my book that's a more honest and humb ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read all the "...for Everyone" commentaries of the New Testament by NT Wright and really enjoyed them. The friend who gave me the New Testament commentaries recommended I start on the Old Testament "...for Everyone" books by JOhn Goldingay. Goldingay, is a Brit, like NT Wright, but he now lives in California and teaches at Fuller Theological Seminary. I appreciate his British take on things (like Wright), but his residency in America, gives his examples a little more resonance with me.

Sep 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Goldingay's Genesis for Everyone (Chapters 1-16) feels a little more rough and unpolished than Wright's New Testament series. Some is probably the writer, but the text matters as well, with the stark stories and genealogical lists of early Genesis providing a lot less purchase for personal application than the gospels or epistles. Like Wright, Goldingay is English and as an English Anglican/evangelical his concerns are not the same as most American evangelicals when approaching Genesis (thank Go ...more
Sep 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
N.T. Wright's New Testament for everyone series is practical and accessible. Certainly it is sparse on detail but it simply could not be a 'for everyone' commentary if it spilled ink toward every exegetical conundrum. When you look at his other commentaries and writings (outside the series) you know he has done his homework.

Goldingay is a good compliment to Wright. He has written one of the best Old Testament Theology's as well as some great commentaries (I love his Psalm commentary published b
Casey Taylor
Sep 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Doesn't always end with the devotional bang of the old Barclay devotional commentaries, or even the bang Tom Wright usually manages with his New Testament series, but great insights about the biblical text. I'll likely read the rest.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hebrew-bible-ane
Goldingay writes like he teaches: easy-going, accessible, wise, insightful, and witty. A great introduction to Genesis and the Bible itself.
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John Goldingay is David Allan Hubbard Professor of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. An internationally respected Old Testament scholar, Goldingay is the author of many commentaries and books.

Other books in the series

Old Testament for Everyone (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • Genesis for Everyone, Part 2
  • Numbers and Deuteronomy for Everyone
  • Joshua, Judges, and Ruth for Everyone
  • 1 and 2 Samuel for Everyone
  • 1 and 2 Kings for Everyone
  • 1 and 2 Chronicles for Everyone
  • Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther for Everyone
  • Psalms for Everyone, Part 1: Psalms 1-72
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“Genesis supplements “created in God’s image” with the affirmation that God thus made humanity “male and female.” Women and men together comprise this image. The statement is an extraordinary one in this opening chapter of Genesis, written in a patriarchal culture. One might wonder whether the author of Genesis saw the implications of this declaration. Certainly generation after generation of Christians have not seen it. We have often talked and behaved as if the male was the normal and full form of a human being, with the female a deviant and slightly inferior form. But both male and female belong to the image. You have the image of God represented in humanity only when you have both men and women there. When women are not present and involved in God’s work in the world (and in the church), the image of God is not present.” 3 likes
“It is said that the difference between God and us is that God never thinks he is us. Genesis suggests some nuancing of that insight. God doesn’t mind sharing with us the divine life and the divine image and thus the divine responsibility for the world, and eventually God will become one of us.” 3 likes
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