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Best Bible Commentaries on Genesis

Genesis is the first book of the Old Testament. Authorship is traditionally attributed to Moses, who likely wrote it during in the wilderness wanderings. The book tells of events from creation to the death of Joseph in Egypt. Its purpose is to record the beginnings of the human race and the Hebrew nation. It also tells of humanity’s initial rebellion against God and the beginnings of His plan of redemption through Israel. The theme of the book is the sovereignty of God over His creation (Gen. 50:20). Commentaries on Genesis often address creation, the fall, the flood, and the first patriarchs of the Hebrew nation.

Genesis 1-17 and 18-50 (NICOT) by Victor P. Hamilton

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, interprets "the text in a positive way as well as handling the difficult questions of the book"
  • Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on Genesis, "Hamilton writes from a generally conservative evangelical perspective"

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  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
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  • Scholars/professors doing research
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Genesis 1-15 and 16-50 (WBC) by Gordon J. Wenham

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Accolades:

  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Genesis (tied)
  • Tremper Longman: "one of the finest evangelical commentators today...shows his high level of scholarship and his exegetical sensitivity"
  • Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on Genesis, "Wenham writes from a generally conservative evangelical viewpoint. His exegesis is careful and detailed and always worth consulting."

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Genesis 1-11:26 and 11:27-50:26 (NAC) by Kenneth A. Matthews

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: scored 4.5 out of 5 stars, "an excellent study of the primeval history with an emphasis on the text as literature and theology"
  • Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on Genesis, "another outstanding contribution" from the NAC series

Audience:

  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
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Genesis (NIVAC) by John H. Walton

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  • Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, "stimulating and well written"
  • Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on Genesis, "does not get into as many technical issues, but it excels in terms of bridging the gap between the original audience and the contemporary world"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking application help
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Genesis (TOTC) by Derek Kidner

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: "an excellent commentary...written from a solidly conservative standpoint"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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The Genesis Record by Henry M. Morris

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Creation & Blessing by Allen P. Ross

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  • Tremper Longman: "a running exposition with an emphasis on theology...often insightful nd helpful"
  • Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on Genesis, "an invaluable resource for expositors," "if you are a pastor, you should not be without this book"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Genesis by Bruce K. Waltke

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  • Tremper Longman: 5 out 5 stars, "exegetically insightful and theologically rich"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Genesis (TH) by James McKeown

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 4.5 out of 5 stars, "interesting and competent"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Genesis ~ Leviticus (EBC) by John Sailhamer

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Accolades:

  • Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on Genesis (tied)

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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Genesis by James Montgomery Boice

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Genesis (Preaching the Word) by R. Kent Hughes

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Genesis (The Story of God) by Tremper Longman

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Genesis (JPS) by Nahum M. Sarna

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, "studies the text in a verse-by-verse, virtually word-by-word manner"

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Genesis (OTL) by Gerhard Von Rad

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Genesis (Interpretation) by Walter Brueggemann

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, "concentrates on the final form of the text and focuses principally on the theology of the book"

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Genesis (UBCS) by John Hartley

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Accolades:

  • Tremper Longman: 4 out of 5 stars, "offers a clear and straightforward analysis of the book of Genesis"

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  • Any Christian seeking devotional aides
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  • Pastors/preachers seeking interpretation help
Genesis (ZBBC) by John H. Walton

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