These are the Generations: Identity, Covenant, and the 'toledot' Formula

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Using a combination of form-critical and linguistic methods, the author seeks to understand the role of the toledot formula, often translated "These are the generations of Name," in shaping the book of Genesis and the Pentateuch as a whole. An examination of the formula uncovers that it functions primarily as a heading to major sections of text and draws the readers' attention to focus on an ever narrower range of characters.By starting from the perspective of the surface structure of the text and addressing ...

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Overview

Using a combination of form-critical and linguistic methods, the author seeks to understand the role of the toledot formula, often translated "These are the generations of Name," in shaping the book of Genesis and the Pentateuch as a whole. An examination of the formula uncovers that it functions primarily as a heading to major sections of text and draws the readers' attention to focus on an ever narrower range of characters.By starting from the perspective of the surface structure of the text and addressing questions that investigation raises, the study is able to uncover and resolve a number of tensions within the text, as well as provide insights into a number of other questions surrounding the toledot headings and the organization of the structure of the Pentateuch.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780567241917
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 2/20/2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Matthew A. Thomas (Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible, Claremont Graduate University) has served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Fuller Theological Seminary and at Azusa Pacific University in California.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables

Acknowledgements

Abbreviations

Introduction

Chapter 1 - Defining the toledot Formula: Syntax, Semantics, and Function

Excursus - Why is there no toledot Heading for Abraham?

Chapter 2 - Variations in the Syntax of the toledot Formula

Chapter 3 - Genealogies' Role in Shaping the Narrative

Chapter 4 - Covenants Change the Basis for the Narrowing of Focus

Chapter 5 - Findings, Conclusions, and Implications

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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