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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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
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.
[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