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In this commentary James McKeown treats Genesis both as a book of beginnings and as a foundational sourcebook for biblical theology. He begins with exegesis of the Hebrew text, highlighting the recurrence of key words, phrases, and themes throughout the book. He draws attention to passages particularly pertinent to earlier readers either facing or returning from exile, offering a historical context outside a solely Christian hermeneutic.

The second half of the book unpacks the numerous theological horizons of Genesis — main unifying themes (descendants, blessing, land); key theological teachings of Genesis (creation, fall, character and image of God, life of faith); and the contribution of Genesis to theology today, including its impact on science, ecology, and feminist theology. All in all, McKeown’s Genesis provides a solid examination of a scriptural book that reflects the struggles and hopes of its readers — ancient and modern — and offers encouragement for their walk with God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802827050
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 3/15/2008
  • Series: Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,241,343
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

James McKeown is Vice Principal of Belfast Bible College and lecturer in Old Testament in the Institute of Theology at Queen's University, Belfast. This is his first book.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements     vii
Abbreviations     viii
Introduction to Genesis     1
Commentary on Genesis     19
Theological Horizons of Genesis     195
Theological Message of the Book     195
Main Unifying Themes     195
Descendants     197
Blessing     219
Land     241
Key Theological Teaching of Genesis     259
The Theology of Land     259
The Doctrine of Creation     263
Creatio ex Nihilo     265
The Fall     270
The Character of God     272
The Image of God     277
The Life of Faith     283
Genesis and Theology Today     294
Genesis and Science     294
Mission     317
Ecology     325
Feminist Approaches     334
Genesis and Biblical Theology     349
Genesis in Canonical Context     349
Genesis in the Historical Books     360
Wisdom Literature     366
Thematic Continuity in the Prophets     368
New Testament     371
Conclusion     375
Bibliography     376
Index of Names     385
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Writings     387
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