The Book of Genesis: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation

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Craig A. Evans, Joel N. Lohr, David L. Petersen
BRILL, Mar 20, 2012 - Religion - 763 pages
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Written by leading experts in the field, The Book of Genesis: Composition, Reception, and Interpretation offers a wide-ranging treatment of the main aspects of Genesis study. Its twenty-nine essays fall under four main sections. The first section contains studies of a more general nature, including the history of Genesis in critical study, Genesis in literary and historical study, as well as the function of Genesis in the Pentateuch. The second section contains commentary on or interpretation of specific passages (or sections) of Genesis, as well as essays on its formation, genres, and themes. The third section contains essays on the textual history and reception of Genesis in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The final section explores the theologies of the book of Genesis, including essays on Genesis and ecology and Genesis in the context of Jewish thought.
 

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Contents

The Beginning of Critical Reading JeanLouis Ska
3
Genesis in the Pentateuch Konrad Schmid
27
Historical Context Ronald Hendel
51
Literary Analysis Robert S Kawashima
83
Part Two Issues in Interpretation
105
The Formation of the Primeval History Jan Christian Gertz
107
A Socioeconomic Perspective Carol Meyers
137
Abraham Traditions in the Hebrew Bible Outside the Book of Genesis Thomas Rımer
159
Textual and Translation Issues in Greek Genesis Robert JV Hiebert
405
The Place of Genesis in the Commentaries of Philo Gregory E Sterling
427
The Reception of Genesis in PseudoPhilos Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum Rhonda J BurnetteBletsch
447
Genesis in the New Testament Craig A Evans
469
The Example of Chapter 22 Bruce Chilton
495
The Vetus Latina and the Vulgate of the Book of Genesis David L Everson
519
Genesis in Syriac Jerome A Lund
537
The Fathers on Genesis Andrew Louth
561

The Jacob Tradition Erhard Blum
181
Joseph Story or Jacob Story? RJ Clifford
213
Joseph and Wisdom Michael V Fox
231
The Composition of Genesis 37 Baruch J Schwartz
263
The World of the Family in Genesis Naomi Apenalty M Steinberg
279
Part Three Textual Transmission and Reception History
301
Genesis in Josephus Christopher T Begg
303
Cain and Abel in Second Temple Literature and Beyond John Byron
331
Genesis in the Dead Sea Scrolls Sidnie White Crawford
353
Genesis and its Reception in Jubilees CTR Hayward
375
Genesis in Rabbinic Interpretation Burton L Visotzky
579
Genesis The Quran and Islamic Interpretation Carol Bakhos
607
Part Four Genesis and Theology
633
The Theology of Genesis Joel S Kaminsky
635
Genesis in the Context of Jewish Thought Marvin A Sweeney
657
Genesis and Ecology Terence E Fretheim
683
Indices
707
Scripture and Other Ancient Writings
709
Modern Authors
751
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Craig A. Evans, Ph.D. (1983) in Religious Studies, Claremont Graduate University, is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament, at Acadia Divinity College and Acadia University. He has published a number of books on the function of the Old Testament in the New Testament.Joel N. Lohr, Ph.D. (2007) in Old Testament, Durham University, is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Trinity Western University. His research concentrates on the Pentateuch (Torah) and Jewish-Christian dialogue.David L. Petersen, Ph.D. (1972) in Old Testament, Yale University, is Franklin N. Parker Professor of Old Testament at Emory University. His research focuses on the book of Genesis and Hebrew Bible prophetic literature.