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Commentaries on Exodus
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The Book of Exodus
(OTL)
Brevard S. Childs

1974

This became well known for Child's advocacy of "canonical criticism" - taking the canonical form of the text as authoritative and interpreting that text, rather than focusing attention on finding the "original" text behind any editing. Also, he was a leader in looking at the history of interpretation during a time when this was not very popular. His attention to these factors tails off in later chapters. The book is also becoming dated.

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Exodus Through the Centuries
(Blackwell)
Scott Langston
Blackwell, 2006

This series focuses on the history of interpretation, attempting to recover insights from the first 19 centuries of the Christian era, a period often neglected in commentaries. I have only briefly examined this boo, what I've seen looks very good.

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Exodus
(Word)
John I. Durham
Word, 1987

Another solid contribution from this series.

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Exodus 1-18
(Anchor)
William H. C. Propp
1999

Another I haven't read, but need to. There were a series of influential medieval Jewish commentators that are only recently becoming available in English.

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Rashbam's Commentary on Exodus
Martin Lockshin, ed.
1997

Solid contribution from this series. Does seem to be a little bogged down in the details to the determent of theological interpretation, but I haven't fully read it.

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Exodus
(Jewish Publication Society)
Nahum M. Sarna
JPS, 2003

A major contemporary scholar's efforts.

Last updated 4/14/08, posted 4/10/08; original content © 2008 John P. Nordin