For an absolute beginner, Starting Strength is best. Full stop.
My preference when getting started in serious strength training was 5/3/1 with guidance (having transferred from a BB style split, I like the larger number of exercises). I still think that is the best way to take someone from a low intermediate level, to a competitive level of RAW strength.
My preference right now is Westside. It is working a TREAT for me and the exercise rotation keeps things fresh. You do need a higher level of knowledge to make it work though.
I think that answers your question although I may have got carried away...
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