I have recently become quite interested in Genesis, particularly in the so-called “primeval history” of chapters 1-11. My interests typically translate into a sermon series (if possible), so it will likely be with Genesis 1-11. My struggle right now is deciding which works will best serve me in studying these chapters, whether or not I actually preach through them.
I currently own only two commentaries on Genesis: John Walton’s volume in the NIVAC and Kenneth Mathews’ first volume in the NAC. Walton’s commentary is very good, but less technical and Mathews’ is also very good. I also own the IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament, but this is very non-technical and offers mostly summary assessments of background material.
As I perused the works available on Genesis, my list of potential purchases grew rather quickly. I narrowed the list to these, but I will definitely have to narrow further, perhaps to only 5-6 volumes.
Genesis in Interpretation by Walter Brueggemann
Genesis, with an Introduction to Narrative Literature in Forms of the Old Testament Literature by George W. Coats
Genesis in The Anchor Bible by E. A. Speiser
Genesis: A Commentary in the Old Testament Library by Gerhard Von Rad
Genesis Unbound: A Provocative New Look at the Creation Account by John Sailhamer
Genesis: A Commentary by Bruce Waltke
Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary by John C. Collins
Handbook on the Pentateuch: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy by Victor P. Hamilton
Genesis 1-15 in the Word Biblical Commentary by Gordon J. Wenham
The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Genesis-Leviticus edited by Tremper Longman III and David E. Garland
Genesis 1-17 in the NICOT by Victor P. Hamilton
Pentateuch as Narrative: A Biblical-Theological Commentary by John H. Sailhamer
I’m interested in what you might think of these volumes, particularly you guys whose specialty is OT. I’m also open to suggestions for other works that might not be listed here.
Αυτω η δοξα,