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Genesis: The Story We Haven’t Heard
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Genesis: The Story We Haven’t Heard


IVP Academic 2001

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Unfortunately, most of us overlook the dramatic story of God’s work in early time because we read Scripture in disjointed pieces. We miss the suspenseful, sweeping narrative of interconnected events. We miss the nuances of emotion and relationship between the characters. Now in Genesis: The Story We Haven’t Heard, Paul Borgman fits the pieces back together—revealing God’s story as if it had never been read before.

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Key Features

  • Provides fresh insight into the book of Genesis
  • Explores the nuances of emotion and relationship between the characters in Genesis
  • Presents God’s story in a new way


  • I Want a Name for Myself: Genesis 1—11
  • Ordinary Choices of the Worst Sort
  • Let Go, Don’t Be Afraid: Visits 1-4
  • Walk with Me—and Speak Up! Visits 5 & 6
  • Coming to Trust in Each Other: Visit 7
  • What’s Love—and Fear—Got to Do with It?
  • The Point: Abraham Brings Triple Blessing
  • Jacob Wrestles for His Blessings with Esau, with God
  • Three Mirrors for Jacob
  • Three Breakthroughs—and Disaster
  • Three Descents for Joseph, One for Judah
  • Older Brothers Bow: Does Joseph Tease or Test?
  • All Peoples, Including the Little Ones of Egypt

Praise for the Print Edition

Paul Borgman is an exciting and experienced teacher, and this book on Genesis—not your standard biblical commentary—comes from many years of dialogue in the classroom. It is a work that will prove interesting and useful both to laypersons and to college students. I highly recommend it.

—James S. Ackerman, coauthor, Teaching the Bible in English Classes

Borgman has read widely and is well rooted in the scholarly literature. His goal, however, is to make sense of the text by asking the kinds of questions that are raised by readers who have not been tamed away from the shock and puzzlement of the text. The book will interest those who have a literary sensitivity and face a literature that is theologically thick but unfamiliar. Borgman gives easy access but does not compromise the unfamiliarity and does not ‘explain’ the thickness in an easy way. Readers are invited to hear as for the first time.

Walter Brueggemann, author, Theology of the Old Testament

This book I shared right away with my rabbi, my Jewish friends and colleagues. It is at once creative, enlightening and psychologically sophisticated. Borgman’s enjoyable commentary offers astonishingly compelling narrative truths to unlock the giant riddles of Genesis. No longer is God ‘inscrutable,’ being a ‘chosen people’ an entitlement of indelible righteousness, or God’s ‘plan’ mere arbitrary triumphal tribalism. And so, it illuminates an intrinsic coherence between contemporary Christian theology and the ethical relational striving informed by precursor truths known to the historical Jew Jesus.

—Steve Nisenbaum, department of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

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About Paul Borgman

Paul Borgman is professor of English at Gordon College, in Wenham, Massachusetts. A specialist in biblical narrative, he is also the author of The Way according to Luke: Hearing the Whole Story of Luke-Acts.

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