Phillips, Richard D.
The book of Genesis lays the essential foundations of the Christian faith. In its first few chapters, we meet God the Creator and witness his first covenant with man. When Adam sins and God responds with a gospel promise, the stage is set for the grand narrative of redemptive history.
Through his devotional commentary, Richard Phillips guides readers to better understand God, themselves, their world, and the redemptive, Christ-directed trajectory of history. In the upheaval of the flood and of Babel, and in the stories of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, God does not forsake his creation or his plan for its redemption through the incarnate Son. As he delves deep into the wonders of Genesis, Phillips invites you first and foremost to worship the God who keeps his covenant promises—both to those in past generations who longed for Christ’s coming and to you who now wait for his return.
As are all Reformed Expository Commentaries, this book is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.
As Phillips . . . masterfully shows, Genesis . . . introduces us to ourselves. Genesis reveals both who God made the human race to be and who we have become by our sin. Thus, Phillips gives us more than a commentary. This is an excellent exposition of God’s answers to life’s deepest questions. Highly recommended!”
—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary
“I have found [Rick Phillips’s commentaries] to be extremely helpful. Time and again, his treatments of specific texts have proved to be outstanding. . . . You will find here rich, exegetical, theological expositions of the Word, with fitting application. His explanation of Scripture is clear, his doctrine is sound, his judgment is pastoral, his exhortation is wise, his elucidation is Christ-centered, and his explication is full of the gospel.”
—Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“It is rare these days to find a popular-level commentary on Genesis that one can recommend without having to express numerous caveats or reservations. With Rick Phillips’s two-volume work, this is no longer the case! . . . Phillips proves himself to be a safe and reliable guide ‘for such a time as this.’ These two volumes will be faith-building and faith-fortifying.”
—Jonny Gibson, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary
“This commentary on Genesis by Dr. Phillips is a wonderful combination of biblical exposition, theological commentary, devotional help, practical exhortation, and Christological teaching. . . . Anyone who perseveres through these two volumes will be greatly blessed.”
—Richard P. Belcher Jr., John D. and Frances M. Gwin Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte
“These two volumes exemplify thorough biblical exposition, careful doctrinal delineation, and relevant application to life. . . . Exactly the kind of preaching that the world and the church need.”
—Jonathan L. Master, President, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
“Especially on the book of Genesis, which narrates the seed of God’s redemptive plan that flowers in the New Testament with the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ, one needs a faithful guide. Rick Phillips is such a guide to this redemptive plan of God, which is so decisive for a Christian worldview.”
—L. Michael Morales, Professor of Biblical Studies, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
About the Author
Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville, Suth Carolina. He is a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, chairman of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, and coeditor of the Reformed Expository Commentary Series.