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These are the Generations: Identity, Covenant, and the Toledot Formula

, 2011
ISBN: 9780567151414

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Using a combination of form-critical and linguistic methods, Matthew A. Thomas seeks to understand the role of the toledot formula—these are the generations of—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 readers’ attention to focus on an ever narrower range of characters. Through his analysis of this organizing structure in Genesis and the Pentateuch, Thomas offers resolutions to a number of tensions within the text and provides insights into a number of other questions surrounding the toledot formula and structural issues in the books of Moses.

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  • Title: These are the Generations: Identity, Covenant, and the Toledot Formula
  • Author: Matthew A. Thomas
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Print Publication Date: 2011
  • Logos Release Date: 2014
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. O.T. Genesis › Criticism, form; Bible. O.T. Genesis › Biography; Bible. O.T. Hebrew › Leningrad Codex--Criticism, interpretation, etc; Genealogy in the Bible; Hebrew language › Syntax; Hebrew language › Semantics
  • ISBNs: 9780567151414, 0567151417, 9780567241917, 9780567487643, 0567241912, 0567487644
  • Resource ID: LLS:THSGNRTNS
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-30T03:22:58Z


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  1. Nathaniel Moore

    Nathaniel Moore


    Matthew A. Thomas’ study represents a meticulous examination of the syntactical usage and narrative import of the toledot formula within the Pentateuch. Thomas begins his study with some cursory comments concerning source criticism, linguistics, and genealogical formulae which are useful if wanting. A wider, more thorough engagement with these topics would better situate the study’s conclusions within the larger discussions as well as better acquainting the reader with the relevant material. The bulk of the study and its strongest force is in its syntactical observations and narrative interpretations. These not only provide compelling points for broader application and further study but reimagine the narrative force of the toledot formula as a heading and locus of election (123). Thomas’ conclusions on the toledot usage in Numbers is questionable in my estimation, though his conclusions for Genesis are robust and compelling. Although containing substantial areas wanting expansion, Thomas’ work is a careful, insightful, and useful addition to Pentateuchal studies. Particularly for Genesis, it represents fresh observations that will be a required point of engagement for future studies and commentaries on genealogical functions within narrative.
  2. Reuven Milles

    Reuven Milles


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