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“Putting all these clues together, I would conclude that Genesis was compiled out of materials originating in the second millennium, which received its final revision in the period of the early monarchy.” (Page 35)
“A letter can serve any of the three broad purposes served by oral communication in general. It may be dispatched in order to provide information, to convey requests or commands, or to sustain and deepen the relationship between the writer and recipient.” (Page 1269)
“To be sure, the OT prophets at times foretold the future, but more often they were forthtellers, perhaps explaining their own time or the past, and perhaps warning their audiences to repent.” (Page 482)
“For the regulation of human life, however, the heavenly bodies are also indispensable; so once again their creation is recounted in some detail. They are to ‘be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.’ However, there is probably another polemical touch here. Neighboring cultures often regarded the sun, moon, and stars as gods; but Genesis explicitly says that they were made by God, and even avoids calling them sun (shemesh) and moon (yareah), speaking instead of the greater and lesser lights, to avoid the suggestion that these were the sun god Shamash or the moon god Yarih (cf. Hasel 1974).” (Page 38)
“The importance for the FE as always is the christological symbolism of the event. This story connects with the previous Cana account through the common theme of the inadequacy of institutional religion (purification jars, 2:6) and its replacement in the person of Jesus.” (Page 1168)
James D.G. Dunn (1939–) is emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and is a leading British New Testament scholar. Dunn is a significant proponent of the New Perspective on Paul, and coined the term in a 1982 lecture. He received a PhD and DD from the University of Cambridge, and a MA and BD from the University of Glasgow. In 2002 he became only the third British scholar to be made the president of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.
John W. Rogerson is a former head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Sheffield and Canon Emeritus of Sheffield Cathedral.
Charles Earle Tucker