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How to Read Genesis

ISBN: 9780830875603
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Honored in 2006 as a "Year's Best Book for Preachers" by Preaching magazine. Creation in six days Woman from the side of man "Sons of god" taking "daughters of men" A massive disaster and an animal rescue boat of biblical proportions Abraham, Sarah, Hagar and the ongoing saga of a dysfunctional family These are just a few of the episodes that Genesis conjures up. But we miss the point if we focus on what seems strange to us. And we distort the message if we demand that this book answer questions that are strange to it. To read Genesis intelligently, we must consider the questions, the literature and the times in which Genesis was written. In How to Read Genesis Tremper Longman III provides a welcome guide to reading and studying, understanding and savoring this panorama of beginnings--of both the world and of Israel. And importantly for Christian readers, we gain insight into how Genesis points to Christ and can be read in light of the gospel.

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Key Features

  • Provides a welcome guide to reading and studying Genesis
  • Explores how Genesis points to Christ
  • Examines how Genesis can be read in light of the gospel

Acknowledgments PrefacePart 1: Reading Genesis with a Strategy 1. Understanding the Book of "Beginnings"Part II: Reading Genesis as Literature 2. Who Wrote Genesis? 3. The Shape of the Book of GenesisPart III: Reading Genesis in Its Own World 4. Myth or History? Genesis and the Enuma Elish 5. Noah and Utnapishtim: Whose Flood Story Should We Trust? 6. Abraham and Nuzi: Patriarchal Customs in Their Cultural ContextPart IV: Reading Genesis as God's Story 7. The Primeval History: Genesis 1--11 8. The Patriarchal Narratives: Genesis 12--36 9. The Joseph Story: Genesis 37--50Part V: Reading Genesis as Christians 10. The Christological Difference Appendix: Commentaries on the Book of Genesis Notes Names Index Subject Index Scripture Index

Praise for the Print Edition

Longman does a good job of addressing critical arguments about author and date in an accessible way . . .Longman deserves praise for giving laymen the tools to engage the Bible more thoughtfully.

Modern Reformation

[How to Read Genesis] is written in a way that allows any minister or teacher of the Word as well as any educated layperson to enter the world of contemporary Old Testament scholarship.

Daniel R. Hyde, Calvin Theological Journal

Longman sheds fresh light on overly familiar stories in an interesting and readable manner. He presents competing theological understandings of Genesis fairly (in my opinion). Most importantly, he leads the reader into actually reading Genesis, after reading about it.

—Dolores Klinsky Walker, National Church Library Association

Tremper Longman III

Tremper Longman III is the Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College. He has written over 25 books, including commentaries on Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Daniel, and Nahum. His books have been translated into 17 different languages. In addition, as a Hebrew scholar, he is one of the main translators of the popular New Living Translation, and has served as a consultant on other popular Bible translations, including The Message, the New Century Version, the Holman Standard Bible, and the Common Bible. He has also edited and contributed to a number of study Bibles and Bible dictionaries, most recently The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary.

He earned his BA from Ohio Wesleyan University, his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary, and both his MPhil and PhD from Yale University. Dr. Longman and his wife, Alice, have three sons and two granddaughters.


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