In the book of Exodus, the promises to the patriarchs begin to see their fulfillment: Yahweh takes a people for himself and dwells among them as their God. In this volume, Eugene Carpenter interacts with the most current scholarship and analyzes the Hebrew text to trace this important theme through Exodus. Throughout his commentary, Carpenter demonstrates how Exodus interacts with the rest of the Old Testament and offers suggestions for applying Exodus to the church.
The print edition of Exodus: Evangelical Exegetical Commentary is split into two volumes: Exodus 1–18 and Exodus 19–40.
Eugene Carpenter’s magnum opus is impressive in its scholarly breadth and depth. This commentary highlights the history and theology of Exodus. In Dr. Carpenter’s view, these two are mixed inseparably: ‘History cannot be scuttled in Exodus; it is part of the texture and matrix of theological truth.’
—Dr. Wayne McCown, provost emeritus, Roberts Wesleyan College, and founding dean emeritus, Northeastern Seminary
The legacy of Gene Carpenter’s life and scholarship continue well beyond his years. Few have equaled his tireless commitment to good exegesis and a biblical theology of ministry. This volume is a testament to a man who committed his life to Jesus Christ and his Word.
—Terry Linhart, chair, religion and philosophy, Bethel College, Indiana
“The battle is won because of the raising of the rod in Moses’ hand, not the mere lifting of his hands.” (Volume 1, Page 595)
“In Hebrew tradition these verses, 6 and 7, contain the thirteen attributes of God.” (Volume 2, Page 354)
“Throughout the lifetime of Joshua, Israel served Yahweh (Josh 24:31). An essential ‘compositional era’ of the Pentateuch comes to a close with the deaths of Joshua and Eleazar. This was an appropriate time for Israel’s leaders to begin to reflect on the theophanies and mighty acts of God during the time of Moses and his immediate successors. It was a time of consolidation.” (Volume 1, Page 10)
“Here Moses alone worships in the presence of Yahweh on Mount Sinai, for he has just learned what he desired to know about his God—he is merciful, he is gracious, he does judge, but he forgives, he is faithful, he is good. Such a worthy God has demonstrated who he is; the only proper response toward a God who is totally good (טוּב) is to worship.” (Volume 2, Page 354)
“God’s personal holiness had to be respected; to approach it in an unholy state resulted in death (Exod 19:12–13, 21–22; Lev 10:1–3).” (Volume 1, Page 202)
The Evangelical Exegetical Commentary (EEC) series is a premiere biblical commentary rooted in the original text of Scripture. Incorporating the latest in critical biblical scholarship and written from a distinctly evangelical perspective, each comprehensive volume features a remarkable amount of depth, providing historical and literary insights, and addressing exegetical, pastoral, and theological details. Readers will gain a full understanding of the text and how to apply it to everyday life.
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Eugene Carpenter (1943–2012) was professor of Old Testament, Hebrew, and biblical theology at Bethel College. Carpenter served as a pastor and teacher in a variety of church and ministry settings.