The aim of A Commentary on the Book of Genesis, Part 1: From Adam to Noah is to explain, with the help of a historico-philological method of interpretation, the simple meaning of the biblical text, and to arrive, as nearly as possible, at the meaning of the words of the Torah as first written.
A Commentary on the Book of Genesis, Part 1: From Adam to Noah is rich in original insights and scholarly illuminations that make it an invaluable guide to the Bible student—whether an erudite scholar or a well-read lay inquirer—irrespective of the opinions held with regard to the higher critical doctrines.
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“This numerical symmetry is, as it were, the golden thread that binds together all the parts of the section and serves as a convincing proof of its unity against the view of those—and they comprise the majority of modern commentators—who consider that our section is not a unity but was formed by the fusion of two different accounts, or as the result of the adaptation and elaboration of a shorter earlier version.” (Page 15)
“intention. Our passage reflects the view that sacrifices are acceptable only if an acceptable spirit inspires them.” (Page 207)
“Apparently the Bible wished to convey that whilst Abel was concerned to choose the finest thing in his possession, Cain was indifferent. In other words: Abel endeavoured to perform his religious duty ideally, whereas Cain was content merely to discharge this duty.” (Page 205)
“The aim of this commentary is to explain, with the help of an historico-philological method of interpretation, the simple meaning of the Biblical text, and to arrive, as nearly as possible, at the sense that the words of the Torah were intended to have for the reader at the time when they were written.” (Page 1)
“The existence of light even before the creation of the luminaries does not, of course, present any difficulty, for we are all familiar with light that does not emanate from the heavenly bodies, e.g. lightning. The real problem is how there could be a day when there was no sun. On this question see the notes to verses 14–15.” (Page 26)