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A Handbook on Genesis

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What if you were responsible for translating God's Word into a language that never had a Bible before? Can you imagine the burden you would feel to do a good job?

God takes His Word pretty seriously, and you would certainly do everything in your power to make sure that you were not putting words into God's mouth, but that you were providing a text that clearly communicated God's Word as closely to the original as possible.

This challenge to understand the heart of the original Scriptures, in order to put the original text into a new language, was the impetus for the United Bible Societies to create handbooks for Bible translators working on this very thing. The United Bible Societies' Handbook Series is a comprehensive verse-by-verse guide to understanding exactly what is being communicated by the author in the original Scriptures.

Key Features

  • Exegetical, historical, cultural, and linguistic information on the original text
  • Verse-by-verse guides
  • An essential tool for Bible translators

Top Highlights

“The word rendered created, which means ‘to bring into existence, to cause something to be,’ is used only with God as subject and thus suggests that to create is the activity of God alone. Created is replaced by the verb ‘make’ in verses 7, 16, 25, and 26, but the sense is the same as create. The Septuagint translates the Hebrew for created by the verb ‘to make.’” (Page 29)

“Remembered in this context means taking merciful action in regard to someone who is threatened or in trouble. tev” (Page 184)

“From Adam’s reply to God in the next verse, it appears that he does not take Where are you? as a question about his location but rather as a request to explain why he is hiding. Because of this it may be more natural for some languages to say ‘Why are you not here to meet me?’” (Page 87)

“Shame is the painful consciousness of having done or thought something that is recognized as wrong or unacceptable; it is generally most intense in the presence of other people.” (Pages 76–77)

“Therefore introduces a conclusion or result: ‘Because of this …,’ ‘Due to this …,’ ‘This is why.…’ The conclusion is based on the whole story of the creation of the woman, beginning with verse 18 and including verse 23. Because the woman has been created as a suitable companion and support for the man, the man leaves his parental surroundings to unite with his wife.” (Page 75)

Product Details

  • Title: A Handbook on Genesis
  • Authors: William D. Reyburn and Euan McG. Fry
  • Series: The United Bible Societies' Handbook Series (UBSHS)
  • Publisher: United Bible Societies
  • Pages: 1,139


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  2. jose arriaga

    jose arriaga


    very good!!!!

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