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New American Commentary - Genesis 1-11:26
Vol. 1a

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  • A thorough, verse-by-verse analysis
  • Insightful and technical aimed at the serious Bible scholar
  • Great for the pastor or serious Bible student
  • Vast in scope, eventually to total 42 volumes
  • Over 40 scholars worked on the complete set
  • Named by the R. C. Ryan Center for Biblical Studies as one of the Best Tools for Preaching and Teaching

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The New American Commentary Series

In development for over a decade, The New American Commentary series is for those who have been seeking a commentary that honors the Scriptures, represents the finest in contemporary evangelical scholarship and lends itself to practical work of preaching and teaching. This comprehensive series serves as a minister's friend and a Bible student's guide.

The New American Commentary is based on the inerrancy of Scripture, focuses on the intrinsic theological and exegetical concerns of each Biblical book, and engages the range of issues raised in contemporary Biblical scholarship. Drawing on the skills and insight of over forty Bible scholars, the New American Commentary brings together scholarship and piety to produce a tool that enhances and supports the life of the church.

Highlights of This Volume

Dr. Matthews succeeds exceptionally well in bringing together the great wealth of insight which two millennia of Jewish and Christian scholarship have found in these formative chapters of the Scriptures.

About the Author

Dr. Matthews is professor of OT at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University. He is an acknowledged expert in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Text Criticism, biblical Hebrew, and the literary study of the OT, having written or edited books and articles in those areas. He is the coauthor of The Paleo-Hebrew Leviticus Scroll and the co-editor of Foundations for Biblical Interpretation. His commentary on Genesis 1-11 is a masterpiece of theological exposition that is guided by an extensive knowledge of ancient Near Eastern languages, literature, and culture and by a sensitivity to the literary features of the text and its canonical context. He has provided the church a classic treatment of these intriguing and challenging chapters of this foundational Bible book.


This up-to-date, scholarly volume provides a theologically rich exposition of Genesis 1–11. It is clearly one of the best evangelical commentaries on Genesis to have been written in the twentieth century. No student of Scripture should be without it.
T. D. Alexander, The Queen's University of Belfast N. Ireland
This volume skillfully maneuvers the minefield of interpretive difficulties, musters good information, and presents it clearly. The author treats the text with the highest respect and addresses his theological insights to the needs of God's people. Some of its conservative views will draw fire from various theological camps, but the author's thorough research and careful critiques mean that they cannot be ignored. Pastors and teachers will do well to set this volume beside Genesis commentaries by Wenham and Hamilton.
Robert L. Hubbard, Jr., North Park Theological Seminary