These are the Generations: Identity, Covenant, and the 'toledot' Formula
Using a combination of form-critical and linguistic methods, the author seeks to understand the role of the toledot formula, often translated "These are the generations of Name," in shaping the book of Genesis and the Pentateuch as a whole. An examination of the formula uncovers that it functions primarily as a heading to major sections of text and draws the readers' attention to focus on an ever narrower range of characters.
By starting from the perspective of the surface structure of the text and addressing questions that investigation raises, the study is able to uncover and resolve a number of tensions within the text, as well as provide insights into a number of other questions surrounding the toledot headings and the organization of the structure of the Pentateuch.
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EXCURSUS WHY IS THERE NO TOLEDOT HEADING
GENEALOGIES ROLE IN SHAPING THE NARRATIVE
COVENANTS CHANGE THE BASIS FOR THE NARROWING
Three Key Moments in the toledot Series
The Three Key Points
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Aaron and Moses Adam Andersen basis begin Bi/bloj gene/sewj Biblical blessing book of Genesis brothers Carr census Chapter choice civil leadership connection context covenant creation Croatto descendants diachronic discussion divine promise Esau examination Exod final form flood Form Criticism genealogical list genealogies of Adam genealogies of Genesis God’s Haran headings introduce heavens and earth Hebrew Bible Hebrew Verbless Clause humanity included Ishmael Israel Jacob Leningrad Codex Levites linear genealogy linguistic major heading material mula narrative narrowing of focus Noah’s sons noted occurrences offspring Old Testament ongoing story Pentateuch preserved priestly progenitor questions reader redactional relationship rheme role Scharbert secondary segmented genealogy semantic Shem Shem’s Sinai surface structure syntactic syntax Table of Nations tagmemes Tengström Terah term toledot theme three key points three sons toledot formula toledot heading toledot of Noah toledot section toledot series toledot structure tribes types variations Weimar הלא הלאו תדלות