The book of Genesis is a lively read featuring familiar biblical tales such as the creation of the world, Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit, Noah and the flood, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, the Tower of Babel, and Sodom and Gomorrah. In part two of his volume on Genesis, John Goldingay’s work will continue to instill readers with a deeper understanding of their spiritual and theological significance. Perfect for daily devotions, Sunday school prep, or brief visits with the Bible, this commentary is an excellent resource for the modern lay reader.
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“The description of God coming down to look makes the point that God does not stay up there in the heavens apart from what is happening in the world, insulated by omniscience and unaffected by events.” (Page 24)
“Sarai/Sarah moves from having a name that would not mean anything to one that would mean something. The covenant turns Sarai into a queen, a princess, a lady.” (Page 11)
“The Bible ignores the logic of the question of whether God could not know how a person like Abraham would react if he had this demand placed on him. Perhaps God could indeed know how Abraham will react, but God does not relate to us and to the world by mind games played inside God’s head. It is one thing to know that someone who loves you would do anything for you because of that; it is another kind of knowing when that person actually makes a monumental sacrifice for you.” (Page 53)
“God is with Ishmael. He is the first person about whom that is said; it will recur as a promise for Isaac (Genesis 26:24), but it is first said of the boy who does not count in terms of the great purpose that God is set on accomplishing. You do not have to be Isaac (or Jewish) to have God with you, turning you into a great nation. You can be Ishmael (or Arab).” (Page 41)
“One advantage of the inclination in scriptural stories to refrain from telling us what people were thinking or feeling is the way they draw us in and make us think about such questions. Then by the way we answer them, we discover things about ourselves and the way we understand God and our relationship with God.” (Page 49)