These are the Generations: Identity, Covenant, and the 'toledot' Formula

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Bloomsbury Publishing USA, Mar 17, 2011 - Religion - 176 pages
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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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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
SYNTAX SEMANTICS
21
EXCURSUS WHY IS THERE NO TOLEDOT HEADING
49
GENEALOGIES ROLE IN SHAPING THE NARRATIVE
83
COVENANTS CHANGE THE BASIS FOR THE NARROWING
105
Three Key Moments in the toledot Series
111
49
115
The Three Key Points
120
Integrating the Findings by toledot
127
The toledot of Jesus
133
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138
Index of References
147
61
148
Index of Hebrew Words and Phrases
153
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Matthew A. Thomas (Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible, Claremont Graduate University) has served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary and at Azusa Pacific University in California, USA.

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