How to Read Genesis

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Overview

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 beginningsโ€”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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877849438
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 5/12/2005
  • Series: How to Read Series
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 471,419
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Tremper Longman III (PhD, Yale University) is Robert H. Gundry Professor of Biblical Studies at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. He is also Visiting Professor of Old Testament at Seattle School of Theology and Psychology and adjunct of Old Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He lectures regularly at Regent College in Vancouver and the Canadian Theological Seminary in Calgary.

Longman is the author or coauthor of over twenty books, including How to Read Genesis, How to Read the Psalms, How to Read Proverbs, Literary Approaches to Biblical Interpretation, Old Testament Essentials and coeditor of A Complete Literary Guide to the Bible. He and Dan Allender have coauthored Bold Love, Cry of the Soul, Intimate Allies, The Intimate Mystery and the Intimate Marriage Bible studies.

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Table of Contents

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 1โ€”11
8. The Patriarchal Narratives: Genesis 12โ€”36
9. The Joseph Story: Genesis 37โ€”50Part V: Reading Genesis as Christians
10. The Christological Difference
Appendix: Commentaries on the Book of Genesis
Notes
Names Index
Subject Index
Scripture Index

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