The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis--Deuteronomy
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The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis--Deuteronomy

by John H. Walton and Victor H. Matthews

The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis--Deuteronomy
  • Length: 284 pages
  • Published: October 2000
  •  Discontinued
  • ISBN: 978-0-8308-1456-5
  • Item Code: 1456
  • Case Quantity: 36

Why is the serpent singled out as more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made?

Why was pork considered unclean and forbidden?

What is the cultural significance of the golden calf?

These and many more questions arise as we read the first five books of the Old Testament. But the answers won't be found merely by searching the text more carefully. They call for knowledge apart from the text of Scripture. They summon us to investigate the world of the Bible that lies outside the Bible. It is a world that the original readers of Genesis, Exodus and the other books would have been very familiar with, a world that would have required little extra explanation for them. But few of us, now centuries removed from the time of the books' first writing, are equipped for such understanding.

Fortunately in recent decades much has been learned of that distant and ancient Near Eastern world. But much of that knowledge is still "locked up" in archaeological studies and academic texts to which scholars alone hold the keys.

In The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Genesis--Deuteronomy, John Walton and Victor Matthews make accessible to us the results of extensive historical and cultural investigation and then apply it toward our understanding of each passage of the Pentateuch. Like its predecessor, the bestselling IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament, this work is a "must have" for every student of the Bible. Pastors, teachers, Sunday-school teachers, college and seminary students, and everyday readers of the Bible will find it a priceless and constant companion to their study and reading of these five foundational books of the Old Testament.


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John H. Walton (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College and Graduate School. Previously he was professor of Old Testament at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago for twenty years.

Some of Walton's books include The Lost World of Adam and Eve, The Lost World of Scripture, The Lost World of Genesis One, Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament, The Essential Bible Companion, The NIV Application Commentary: Genesis, and The IVP Bible Background Commentary: Old Testament (with Victor Matthews and Mark Chavalas).

Walton's ministry experience includes church classes for all age groups, high school Bible studies, and adult Sunday school classes, as well as serving as a teacher for "The Bible in 90 Days." John and his wife, Kim, live in Wheaton, Illinois, and have three adult children.

Watch a four-part video series from Walton.

Victor H. Matthews is dean of the College of Humanities and Public Affairs and professor of religious studies at Missouri State University (Springfield, Missouri). He has written several books on the Old Testament, including Manners and Customs in the Bible: An Illustrated Guide to Life in Bible Times, The Old Testament: Text and Context (with James Moyer), and The Social World of Ancient Israel (with Don C. Benjamin).

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