Genesis as Dialogue

Genesis as Dialogue : A Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary

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Recent years have seen a remarkable surge in interest in the book of Genesis - the first book of the Bible - and a foundational text of Western culture. In this new commentary, Thomas Brodie offers a complete and accessible overview of Genesis from literary, theological, and historical standpoints. Brodie's work is organized around three main ideas: the first is that the primary subject of Genesis is human existence - while full of historical echoes, it is primarily a sophisticated portrayal of the progress and pitfalls of human life. His second thesis is that Genesis' basic organizational unity is binary, or diptych: building on older insights that Genesis is somehow dialogical, he argues that the entire book is composed of diptychs - accounts which, like some paintings, consist of two parts or panels. Finally, Brodie contends that many of Genesis' sources still exist, and can be identified and verified.show more

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  • Hardback | 612 pages
  • 165.1 x 243.1 x 39.9mm | 993.37g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Map
  • 0195138368
  • 9780195138368
  • 745,403

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... an advanced narrative commentary on Genesis, which also offers extensive introductory and theoretical material. * The Furrow * This is a weighty and impressive volume ... a large scale and meticulous commentary on the first book of the Hebrew Bible ... will certainly provide a welcome addition to the library of those who are serious about the study of Genesis and about its place within the wider Bible. * Irish Theological Quarterly *show more

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