How to Read Genesis

How to Read Genesis

by Tremper Longman III
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InterVarsity Press
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How to Read Genesis

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 beginnings—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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780877849438
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication date: 05/12/2005
Series: How to Read Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 439,607
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

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

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