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“History in the technical sense is the written record of actual events, based as far as possible on documents contemporary, or nearly contemporary, with the facts narrated.” (Page iv)
“A more difficult problem is the confusion regarding the two trees on which the fate of man depends, a point to which attention was first directed by Bu. According to 2:9b the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil grew together in the midst of the garden, and in 2:17 the second alone is made the test of the man’s obedience.” (Page 52)
“ ‘The process in the man’s case was no doubt the same as that just described, the woman taking the place of the serpent’” (Page 75)
“It is clear from what has been said that the unity of the book of Genesis must be the unity of a composite work” (Page lxv)
“The anthropopathy which attributes to Yahwe regret (וַיִּנָּחֶם) and vexation (וַיִּתְעַצֵּב) because He had created man is unusually strong. Although in the sense of mere change of purpose, the former is often ascribed to God (Ex 32:14; Jer. 18:7, 8; 26:3, 13; Jl. 2:13; Jon. 3:10 etc.), the cases are few where divine regret for accomplished action is expressed (1 Sa. 15:11). The whole representation was felt to be inadequate (Nu. 23:19; 1 Sa. 15:11); yet it continued to be used as inseparable from the religious view of history as the personal agency of Yahwe.” (Page 151)
SEGBEAYAH K.(FELIX) DJOGBESSI
Jean Young Lee