Encountering the Book of Genesis

ISBN-10: 0801026385

ISBN-13: 9780801026386

Edition: 2003

Authors: Bill T. Arnold

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List price: $29.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Baker Academic
Publication date: 1/1/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.254
Language: English

Bill T. Arnold (PhD, Hebrew Union College) is Paul S. Amos Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is the author or editor of twelve books, including Encountering the Book of Genesis, Dictionary of the Old Testament: Historical Books, A Guide to Biblical Hebrew Syntax, and a commentary on 1 and 2 Samuel.

Editor's Preface
Publisher's Preface
Author's Preface
To the Student
Before You Begin ...
Encountering God's Creation (Genesis 1-11)
The Grandeur of God's Perfect Creation (1:1-2:3)
How Did It All Begin? Details of Genesis 1
The Recurring Creation Formula
The Symmetry of Genesis 1
The Role of Genesis 1:1-2
Significance of Genesis 1
Sovereignty of God
Goodness of Creation
Role of Humankind
Key Terms
Study Questions
The History of the First Human Family (2:4-4:26)
What's Different about Genesis 2-4?
Events inside the Garden of Eden (2-3)
Adam and Eve in the Garden (2)
Adam and Eve Expelled from the Garden (3)
Events outside the Garden of Eden (4)
Key Terms
Study Questions
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Who Were Israel's Neighbors?
The Mesopotamians
The Egyptians
Peoples of Syria-Palestine
Ancient Theories of Creation and Early Human History
Ancient Near Eastern Parallels to Genesis 1
Ancient Near Eastern Parallels to the Themes of Genesis 2-4
Israel: A Picture, a Mirror, or a Window?
Significance for Modern Christians
Key Terms
Study Questions
Sin's Contamination of Creation (5:1-11:26)
So, What Happened Next? The Children of Adam and Eve (5:1-6:8)
The Flood (6:9-9:29)
Review of the Narrative
Parallels with Ancient Literature
Problems after the Flood (9:18-29)
Where Did All These Nations Come From?
Shem Again?
Postscript on Genesis 1-11
Key Term
Study Questions
Encountering Abraham: God's Faithful Servant (Genesis 12-25)
The Beginning of Our Faith Heritage (11:27-14:24)
Terah's Family (11:27-32)
The Call of Abram and the Promises of God (12:1-9)
Abram in Egypt (12:10-20)
Trouble with Lot (13-14)
Study Questions
Tracking Abram and His Family
Where in the World Are These Places?
Ur of the Chaldeans
Oak of Moreh
Bethel and Ai
The Negev
Oaks of Mamre
Gerar and Beersheba
Looking for Mr. Abram
Categories for Ancient History
The Early Bronze Age
The Middle Bronze Age
The Late Bronze Age
The Iron Age
Possible Dates for the Patriarchs
A Date in Early Bronze III
A Date in Middle Bronze I
A Date in Middle Bronze II
A Date in the Late Bronze Age
A Date in the Iron Age
Religion of the Patriarchs
Key Terms
Study Questions
"Then God Gave Him the Covenant" (15:1-17:27)
Melchizedek and the King of Sodom (14:17-24)
Defining Abram's Special Relationship with God (15)
"I Am Your Shield" (15:1-6)
"I Am the Lord" (15:7-21)
Hagar and Ishmael (16)
Signs of God's Covenant (17)
Study Questions
Standing on the Promises of God (18:1-25:18)
Promised Son and Problem Nephew (18-19)
Abraham and Sarah Entertain Guests (18)
Sodom and Gomorrah (19)
Abraham and Abimelech (20)
The Promised Son--At Long Last! (21:1-21)
Agreement with Abimelech (21:22-34)
Abraham's Great Test (22)
Family Matters (23:1-25:18)
The Death of Sarah (23)
A Suitable Wife for Isaac (24)
The Death of Abraham (25:1-18)
Key Term
Study Questions
Encountering Jacob: God's Troubled Servant (Genesis 25-36)
Jacob Struggles with His Family (25:19-31:55)
Of Twins and Birthrights (25:19-34)
Birth of the Twins (25:19-28)
Stolen Birthright (25:29-34)
Isaac and Abimelech (26)
Jacob Steals the Blessing (27)
The Ladder (28)
Jacob's Escape from Esau (28:1-9)
Jacob's Dream (28:10-22)
Jacob and Laban (29-31)
Jacob Marries the Daughters of Laban (29:1-30)
Jacob's Children (29:31-30:24)
Jacob's Prosperity (30:25-43)
Trouble with Laban (31)
Jacob Leaves Mesopotamia (31:1-21)
Laban Pursues Jacob (31:22-42)
Jacob and Laban Make a Parting Covenant (31:43-55)
Study Questions
Jacob Struggles with God (32:1-37:1)
Jacob Meets God, Jacob Meets Esau (32-33)
Jacob Prepares to Meet Esau (32:3-21)
Jacob Meets God (32:22-32)
Jacob Meets Esau (33)
The Violation of Dinah (34)
Back to Bethel (35)
Esau Epilogue (36)
Key Term
Study Questions
Encountering Joseph: God's Model Servant (Genesis 37-50)
Joseph in Egypt (37:2-41:57)
The Context of the Joseph Narrative
Contrast between Esau and Jacob
What Is Different about the Joseph Narrative?
What Is the Same about the Joseph Narrative?
Joseph and His Brothers (37)
A Tale of Two Dreams (37:2-11)
Joseph in the Pit (37:12-24)
Joseph in Potiphar's House (37:25-36)
The Judah Interlude (38)
Judah and Tamar (38:1-30)
The Place of Genesis 38
Joseph's Rise over Egypt (39-41)
Joseph in Charge of Potiphar's House (39)
Pharaoh's Cupbearer and Baker (40)
Pharaoh's Dreams (41)
Key Term
Study Questions
Joseph over Egypt (42:1-50:26)
The Rationale for the Joseph Narrative
The Sons of Jacob Are Reunited (42-45)
First Trip to Egypt (42)
Second Trip to Egypt (43-45)
Settling in Goshen (46-47)
Vision at Beersheba (46:1-4)
In Egypt (46:5-47:12)
Joseph during the Famine (47:13-31)
The Deaths of Jacob and Joseph (48-50)
Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh (48:1-22)
Jacob Blesses His Sons (49:1-28)
The Death and Burial of Jacob (49:29-50:21)
The Death of Joseph (50:22-26)
Key Term
Study Questions
Encountering the Authorship of Genesis
Evidence for Authorship
Evidence on the Authorship of the Pentateuch
Biblical References
Jewish and Christian Tradition
Grammatical Evidence
Sociopolitical Evidence
Manuscript Evidence
Redactional Evidence
Ancient Near Eastern Parallels
Religious Perspective
Requirements of the Evidence
A Word about Words
What Is the Most That Could Be Said?
What Is the Least That Could Be Said?
Possibilities of the Evidence
Moses, the Yahwistic Innovator
Moses, the Delegator of Authority
Moses, the Fountainhead of Prophecy
Scribes of Israel's Monarchy
The Role of the Exilic Community
Key Terms
Study Questions
Interpretations of the Evidence
Nature of Biblical Criticism
Survey of the Methods
Textual Criticism
Source Criticism and Redaction Criticism
Form Criticism and Tradition Criticism
Historical Criticism
Literary Criticism
Canonical Criticism
Survey of Scholarship on the Book of Genesis
Eighteenth Century
Jean Astrue
Johann G. Eichhorn
Nineteenth Century
W. M. L. de Wette
Heinrich Ewald
Wilhelm Vatke
Herman W. Hupfeld and Eduard Riehm
K. H. Graf and Abraham Kuenen
Julius Wellhausen
Conservative Responses
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg
James Orr
Early and Mid-twentieth Century
Archaeology and the Ancient Near East
William F. Albright
Hermann Gunkel
Albrecht Alt and Martin Noth
Gerhard von Rad
Recent Developments
Thomas L. Thompson and John Van Seters
Rolf Rendtorff
Canonical and Literary Criticism
Key Terms
Study Questions
Conclusion: Genesis and Beyond
From Paradise to the Patriarchal Promises
The Problem with Paradise
The Promises to Abraham
The Promises to Isaac
The Promises to Jacob and Joseph
From the Patriarchs to Moses
From Moses to Jesus
Study Questions
Subject Index
Scripture Index
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