With this Fifth Edition, the abiding value of this book is beyond question. Were it not so it would have fallen off the radar by now. I’m guessing it lives on in classrooms for the most part, but I feel it’s a title new pastors should take in tow. Perhaps your style will differ from his, but it’s good to know how OT exegesis is being taught these days and at least consider if you’re reasonably on track even with differences. Additionally, he suggests a lot of tools that will help you weight purchasing choices as such reference tools are quite, and in some cases excessively, expensive.
I’ve had some of the earlier editions, but they are in storage at the moment so I must compare from memory. He says in the preface that this work is substantially revised, but it seems to me to be primarily in book or reference recommendations. That is nothing to sneeze at with all the changing options. While there are other changes, I do not think the overall approach has. I suppose some tweaking has come about as he has continued to interact with students. Students will need the new edition, and newer pastors will want this one as well. More experienced pastors might get by with the previous edition unless they are really considering to expand their reference titles since Stuart’s recommendations carry as much weight as any OT scholar today.
All the superlatives of the previous edition remain, so this title is one I still recommend.
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