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How to Read Genesis

How to Read Genesis

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Honored in 2006 as a "Year's Best Book for Preachers" by Preaching magazine.
  • Creation in six days
  • Woman from the side of man
  • "Sons of God" taking "daughters of men"
  • A massive disaster and an animal rescue boat of biblical proportions
  • Abraham, Sarah, Hagar and the ongoing saga of a dysfunctional family
These are just a few of the episodes that Genesis conjures up. But we miss the point if we focus on what seems strange to us. And we distort the message if we demand that this book answer questions that are strange to it. To read Genesis intelligently, we must consider the questions, the literature and the times in which Genesis was written.

In How to Read Genesis, Tremper Longman III provides a welcome guide to reading and studying, understanding and savouring this panorama of beginnings - of both the world and of Israel. And importantly for Christian readers, we gain insight into how Genesis points to Christ and can be read in light of the gospel. 192 pages, from IVP.

- Publisher Comprehensive introduction to reading Genesis^Describes the literary genre of Genesis^Explains the context of Genesis in the Near Eastern world^Points out the contribution of Genesis to the complete biblical message^Helps us understand and apply Genesis today

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About "How to Read Genesis"

Honored in 2006 as a "Year's Best Book for Preachers" by Preaching magazine.

  • Creation in six days
  • Woman from the side of man
  • "Sons of God" taking "daughters of men"
  • A massive disaster and an animal rescue boat of biblical proportions
  • Abraham, Sarah, Hagar and the ongoing saga of a dysfunctional family
These are just a few of the episodes that Genesis conjures up. But we miss the point if we focus on what seems strange to us. And we distort the message if we demand that this book answer questions that are strange to it. To read Genesis intelligently, we must consider the questions, the literature and the times in which Genesis was written.

In How to Read Genesis, Tremper Longman III provides a welcome guide to reading and studying, understanding and savouring this panorama of beginnings - of both the world and of Israel. And importantly for Christian readers, we gain insight into how Genesis points to Christ and can be read in light of the gospel. 192 pages, from IVP.
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Comprehensive introduction to reading Genesis^Describes the literary genre of Genesis^Explains the context of Genesis in the Near Eastern world^Points out the contribution of Genesis to the complete biblical message^Helps us understand and apply Genesis today
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Tremper Longman (Iii)

Tremper Longman III (Ph.D., Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also Visiting Professor of Old Testament at Mars Hill Graduate School, Westminster Theological Seminary and adjunct at Fuller Theological Seminary.

He is the author of commentaries on The Book of Job and Proverbs (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms); Exodus (The Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary) and Jeremiah, Lamentations (New International Biblical Commentary), Daniel (New Internatuional Version Application Commentary), Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs (New International Commentary on the Old Testament/ Cornerstone Commentary).

Longman is the author of How to Read Genesis; How to Read the Psalms; How to Read Proverbs; How to Read Exodus and Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, and co-editor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible and co-author with Dan Allender of Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies; The Intimate Mystery and The Intimate Marriage Bible Studies.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface
  • part 1: Reading Genesis With A Strategy
  • 1. Understanding The Book Of "beginnings"
  • part Ii: Reading Genesis As Literature
  • 2. Who Wrote Genesis?
  • 3. The Shape Of The Book Of Genesis
  • part Iii: Reading Genesis In Its Own World
  • 4. Myth Or History? Genesis And The enuma Elish
  • 5. Noah And Utnapishtim: Whose Flood Story Should We Trust?
  • 6. Abraham And Nuzi: Patriarchal Customs In Their Cultural Context
  • part Iv: Reading Genesis As God's Story
  • 7. The Primeval History: Genesis 1--11
  • 8. The Patriarchal Narratives: Genesis 12--36
  • 9. The Joseph Story: Genesis 37--50
  • part V: Reading Genesis As Christians
  • 10. The Christological Difference
  • Appendix: Commentaries On The Book Of Genesis
  • Notes
  • Names Index
  • Subject Index
  • Scripture Index

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Very useful introduction to Genesis
4 stars By Simon C., Oct 20 2013
This "exploration of the proper interpretative approach to the book of Genesis" works well as a brisk introduction to orient the student, or a quick refresher for the scholar. Longman shows an admirable ability to write plainly, while avoiding uncritical simplification of the material. Literary, historical and theological aspects are explained. The section on literature deals with authorship, genre, structure and style. On historical context, Longman treats ANE (Ancient Near Eastern) creation accounts such as the Enuma Elish, the Gilgamesh epic (flood), and the Nuzi documents (patriarchal customs), with extended summaries of the primary material, including quotes. He considers the idea that Genesis reworks ANE traditions to make theological points. Excellent summaries of  hermeneutical "principles for interpretation" conclude each chapter.
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  • Catalogue Code 222698
  • Product Code 0877849439
  • EAN 9780877849438
  • Pages 192
  • Department Academic
  • Category Old Testament Commentaries
  • Sub-Category Genesis
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Jun 2005
  • Sales Rank #26798
  • Dimensions 209 x 139 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.249kg

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