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Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary
     

Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary

by C. John Collins
 
Much controversy surrounds the opening chapters of Genesis. They are front-loaded with all manner of vital topics—such as God’s work of creating the world and mankind; what it means to be human; why our present experience is so different from what we find in Genesis 2; how we come to know God and to be sure of his love.

Collins employs a

Overview

Much controversy surrounds the opening chapters of Genesis. They are front-loaded with all manner of vital topics—such as God’s work of creating the world and mankind; what it means to be human; why our present experience is so different from what we find in Genesis 2; how we come to know God and to be sure of his love.

Collins employs a literary-theological method informed by contemporary discourse analysis in order to read passages as coherent wholes. He shows how later biblical and inter-testamental writers have used Genesis 1–4 and reflects on how these chapters shape a Christian worldview today.

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Michael D. Williams
What does it mean to be human? Why are we here? What’s wrong with us and our world? How can things be made right? And what’s God got to do with the whole business? Collins demonstrates that the opening chapters of Scripture are crucial in answering these worldview questions, and thus essential to a faithful engagement with life in God’s world. He gives us a commentary that is both exegetically exacting and theologically relevant for the modern church.
JI Packer
From every standpoint—methodological and theological, structural and syntactical, linguistic and literary, apologetic and worldview—this expositorysurvey is a model of ‘good reading’ of the text. Here you have a landmark treatment of Genesis 1-4 as canonical communication from God, a work of detailed scholarship that no serious student or honest teacher will henceforth be able to ignore.
V. Philips Long
Jack Collins is a most promising candidate to provide wise guidance in the interpretation of Genesis 1-4. He brings to the discussion a background in science and text-linguistics, advanced degrees in theology and the languages and literatures of the Bible, and a long-standing involvement with the early chapters of Genesis. The result is a clearly written and insightful treatise on this crucially important part of the Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780875526195
Publisher:
Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
590,944
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

C. John Collins (PhD, University of Liverpool) is professor of Old Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary. He is the author of The God of Miracles and Science and Faith.

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