A standard resource for scholarly and nonscholarly students of Genesis for many years to come.
Currents in Theology and Mission
H. provides a fresh translation, copious notes and bibliography, and an "evangelical" reading of the text, including frequent paragraphs that discuss the New Testament appropriation of Genesis…. He has ransacked the immense secondary literature on Genesis and provides fair and remarkably clear discussions of controverted points…. Its clear verse-by-verse layout makes it a delight to consult on specific points…. I plan to keep his two-volume commentary close at hand and refer to it often.
An attractive exposition of the text, showing how it is possible to argue for the coherence of the completed book…. This is a commentary which brings the stories to life.
Internationale Zeitschriftenschau fur Bibelwissenschaft
und Grenzgebiete (IZBG)
As is evident from the bibliographical notes that occasionally take up the better part of a page, Hamilton has digested much of the international scholarship on Genesis, and all serious students of the Bible's first book will use the present commentary with much profit. It is a mine of information, to be accessed through several indexes. Scholars would be ill advised to ignore this fine work.
One of our leading evangelical Old Testament scholars completes with this volume an amazingly detailed study of the first book of the Bible. It is a gold mine for teachers and serious Bible students who want to go more deeply than what is given in teachers' books and study Bibles…. The best evangelical commentary on Genesis.
Old Testament Essays
The book is well structured and contains a useful index of abbreviations at the beginning of the book, and indexes of subjects, authors, scriptural references and of transliterated Hebrew worlds at the end of the book. Of great importance is the author's excellent attempt at giving significant meaning to contemporary preaching in the Church. Hamilton's work will certainly suit the needs of scholars, seminarians and ministers who still require to get involved with a solid exegesis on the Biblical text. This is a highly recommended work for ministers and Old Testament scholars.
Scripture Bulletin (U.K.)
A concise, well-informed, conservative interpretation of Genesis 18-50. While rejecting the Documentary Hypothesis, the work offers fine insights into narratology, its references to secondary literature will allow the interested student to pursue disputed questions further.
Society of O. T. Study Book List
An excellent, stimulating commentary which is perceptive and highlights many subtle nuances of the text.
Southwestern Journal of Theology
There are several fine Genesis commentaries; Hamilton's receives the award for best-all-around…. The New International Commentary on the Old Testament (NICOT) is the best all-around Old Testament commentary set for most pastors, students, and lay people who are serious about Bible Study.
The Catholic Biblical Quarterly
Scholars of all varieties will benefit from Hamilton's newly completed two-volume commentary on Genesis. Avowedly conservative and evangelical, H. attempts to present a fully scholarly commentary blended with theological reflection…. Close attention to detail is what one expects in a commentary, and H. fulfills this expectation…. A valuable contribution. It deserves to be consulted in tandem with the recent major commentaries on Genesis by C. Westermann and G. J. Wenham.
A magnificent tool for the exegesis of Genesis 18-50. Henceforth, students of Genesis have at hand an enormous store of information and sound analysis to guide them.
Theological Book Review (U.K.)
A major enterprise, which should find its place on library shelves alongside Westermann, von Rad and Speiser.