Shelf Life Book Review: Genesis for Everyone

Annie K. O'Connor

Genesis for Everyone (2 Volumes)
InterVarsity Press, 2010

The significance of the book of Genesis is undeniable, though its contents are often intimidating. It conveys not only the origins of the Christian faith and of God’s creation, but is filled with curious stories of ancient people. This often makes the relevance of the book difficult to determine. In Genesis for Everyone, John Goldingay makes this significant book accessible.

Many commentaries are designed for scholarly assistance and can be difficult to navigate for personal or devotional purposes. Genesis for Everyone is a delight to read—entertaining, insightful, refreshing and straightforward—yet it tackles difficult questions and concepts.

Goldingay accomplishes this readability by addressing the passages of Genesis in easily digestible portions. Each segment begins with his personal translation of the passage from the Hebrew—a translation which is both faithful to the original language and presented in straightforward English. He then draws the reader through the passage by making its significant principles comprehensible through personal illustrations, examples from contemporary culture, and discussion of relevant insights from various theologians. These expositions are readable and illuminating.

Included with the volume is a helpful glossary that delineates the different geographical locations and people groups found in Genesis. It also includes definitions of significant words to the Bible and theology. Each word is highlighted in bold throughout the book, and placed in its biblical and historical context. Genesis for Everyone successfully lives up to its name: Whether you are reading Genesis for the first time, or you are revisiting the text after years of study, this book will make the stories, and theology, come alive.

Article courtesy of Bible Study Magazine published by Faithlife Corporation. Originally published in print, Vol. 2 No. 5