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The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible advances the assumption that the Nicene creedal tradition, in all its diversity, provides the proper basis for the interpretation of the Bible as Christian scripture. The series encourages readers to extend the vital roots of the ancient Christian tradition to our day.
Exodus recounts the origins of ancient Israel, but it is also a book of religious symbols. How should it be interpreted, especially in light of modern historical-critical study? In this addition to an acclaimed series, a respected scholar offers a theological reading of Exodus that highlights Aquinas's interpretations of the text. As with other volumes in the series, this commentary is ideal for those called to ministry, serving as a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups.
The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret Scripture for today, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other orthodox Christians did for their times and places. Each volume is designed to serve the church—providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups—and demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of Scripture.
"[The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible] series seeks to restore the doctrinal interpretation of scripture by offering a range of interdenominational commentaries on individual books of the Bible...The latest volume in the series is Thomas Joseph White's commentary on the book of Exodus. The work done here is excellent. White has been bold enough not only to grapple with the rich symbolism and moral theology of Exodus, but to do so with the constant support of patristic, medieval, and modern systematic theology, leaning especially on the work of St. Thomas Aquinas, whose analysis of the dispensations of divine law is especially helpful. Best of all is the Thomistic love of careful distinction and dialectical reasoning White brings to the text...While White's commentary is short compared to the greatest of the medieval works on which it is modeled, its appearance makes one hope that we are entering a new era of scripture scholarship." - Elliot Milco, First Things
"White often addresses difficult biblical-theological questions via the narrative of Exodus, and this is a welcome addition to a commentary on this book. . . . The truly unique contribution of this new commentary is the interaction with Aquinas and Augustine on the text of Exodus... White's theological insights are helpful and meaningful for Christians on both the moral and spiritual level, although perhaps more helpful for Catholic Christians. Likewise, White's defense of the omnipotence and benevolence of God, the Christological/typological interpretation of the exodus event, and his attention to the threefold use of the law in Exodus 20, provide numerous insights for those devoted to the task of interpreting Exodus." - Joshua M. Philpot, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"While [White] draws significantly on Aquinas's Summa theologica, the author also makes use of a variety of doctrinal and patristic works, and occasionally those of more contemporary scholars, including some biblicists. The point of this volume, and of the whole series, is not to read Christian tradition back into the biblical text but to appreciate and appropriate the theology of Exodus in conversation with the Christian tradition." - John R. Barker, OFM, The Bible Today
Thomas Joseph White, OP (DPhil, Oxford University), is director of the Thomistic Institute at the Angelicum in Rome. He is the author of several books, including Wisdom in the Face of Modernity: A Thomistic Study in Natural Theology and The Incarnate Lord: A Thomistic Study in Christology. He was appointed a member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas in 2011.