Genesis is Volume I in the Anchor Bible series of new book-by-book translations of the Old and New Testaments and Apocrypha. Ephraim Avigdor Speiser was University Professor and Chairman of the Department of Oriental Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.
Using authoritative evidence from archaeology, linguistics, and comparative religion, the author presents some startling conclusions about the first book of the Bible. He proves, for example, that the famous opening phrase, "In the beginning," is not true to the meaning of the first word, that the designation "Torah" for the Pentateuch is a misnomer, that the best-known stories of Genesis are grounded in pagan mythology. Speiser is an iconoclast in the tradition of Abraham; he exposes the false in order to help achieve truth. As he says in his introduction, he "is not motivated by mere pedantry...but by the hope that each new insight may bring us that much closer to the secret of the Bible's universal and enduring appeal."
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Offers some help, but others are betterUser Review - Christianbook.com
Speiser’s commentary on Genesis is very focused on the sources behind the text. This kind of criticism was very much in vogue at the time this volume was written. Fortunately the last 20 years have seen a rise in less skeptical and less speculative approaches. Some of Speiser’s comments on the text are helpful, many are not. There is some value in this work, but there are now many other commentaries on Genesis that are better (Wenham, Waltke, Hamilton, Kidner, Hartley, Matthews, and others).
Review: Genesis: Introduction, Translation, and Notes (The Anchor Bible, Vol. 1)User Review - Goodreads
Take the JEPD stuff with a grain of salt, but enjoy his linguistic expertise.
The Biblical Process
Introduction to the Book of Genesis
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