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The theology of the book of Genesis / R.W.L. Moberly.

Moberly, R. W. L. (Author).
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Subject: Bible. Genesis > Theology.
Bible. Genesis > Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Genesis.
Bibel Genesis
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780511650949
  • ISBN: 0511650949
  • ISBN: 9780511626937
  • ISBN: 0511626932
  • ISBN: 9780511646867
  • ISBN: 0511646860
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 272 pages).
  • Publisher: Cambridge ; Cambridge University Press, 2009.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: What is a theology of Genesis? -- Towards a theology of Genesis -- The contested nature of theology -- Historical criticism and socially-valued knowledge -- Ideological criticism of the biblical text -- A proposal for a theology of Genesis -- Biblical text and canonical contexts -- Text and contexts: an example -- On reading Genesis 1-11 -- Building on the history of interpretation -- Noah and the flood -- The perspective and convention embodied in the use of Hebrew language -- Literary conventions and theological interpretation -- Genesis 1: picturing the world -- A first reading of Genesis 1 -- Genesis 1 in relation to its possible compositional context -- Genesis 1 in relation to alternative ancient pictures -- Jon D. Levenson's reading of Genesis 1 -- Genesis 1 and evolutionary biology -- Genesis 1 and alternative pictures of the world: a proposal -- Genesis 2-3: Adam and Eve and the fall -- James Barr on Genesis 2-3 -- A reformulated version of the traditional interpretation -- Is a gnostic precedent a good precedent? -- Identifying the key issue -- Rereading the narrative -- Genesis 4: Cain and Abel -- Exposition of Regina M. Schwartz's interpretation -- A theological reading of Cain and Abel -- Conclusion: Doing well in demanding circumstances -- Genesis 6-9: cataclysm and grace -- Reflections on some characteristic modern approaches -- Pentateuchal criticism and reading strategy -- The flood in Genesis and the epic of Gilgamesh -- A characteristic postmodern anxiety -- Towards a theological interpretation of the flood narrative -- The collocation of Genesis 6:5 with 8:21 -- The evil-thought clause in Genesis 8:21 -- Reading the story without the evil-thought clause -- Israel and the world, Sinai and the flood -- On reading Genesis 12-50 -- The patriarchs as a problem for Jewish observance of Torah -- Genesis as a compositional and religio-historical problem -- A third way : a canonical approach -- Genesis as the Old Testament of the Old Testament -- On interpreting the revelation of the divine name -- The distinctive patterns of patriarchal religion -- Theological issues in a canonical approach to the patriarchal narratives -- Genesis 12:1-3: a key to interpreting the Old Testament? -- A contemporary Christian approach to Genesis 12:1-3 -- An alternative reading of Genesis 12:1-3 -- The idiomatic meaning of blessing -- The significance of the proposed reading -- Theological interpretation as a continuing task -- Exegesis and theology -- On evaluating Gerhard von Rad's interpretation -- A Jewish-Christian dimension -- Genesis 12:3a: a biblical basis for Christian Zionism? -- Why Christians should support Israel -- Some factors in the use of scripture -- An appeal to the plain sense of the text -- Merely human words? -- Possible significance of the patriarchal and non-settled context -- Some observations on unconditional divine promises -- The bearing of the New Testament upon Christian appropriation of the Old Testament -- Conditionality and Christian attitudes towards Jews -- Who are the children of Abraham? -- Politics and self-interest -- Genesis 22: Abraham, model or monster? -- Interpretive clues within the biblical text -- Model or monster? some factors for making progress -- De-instrumentalizing Isaac -- The nightmare scenario -- A Christian epilogue -- Abraham and the Abrahamic faiths -- Exposition of Karl-Josef Kuschel's account of Abraham -- Preliminary critique of Kuschel -- Jon D. Levenson's critique of Kuschel -- Should we continue to speak of Abrahamic faiths/religions? -- Genesis 37-50: Joseph -- The Joseph narrative in Gerhard von Rad's analysis -- Analysis of Von Rad's account -- Re-envisioning key elements in the Solomonic enlightenment hypothesis -- Re-envisioning the Joseph narrative in relation to Proverbs -- Joseph's treatment of his brothers -- Divine sovereignty and human activity.
Summary: "The book of Genesis contains foundational material for Jewish and Christian theology, both historic and contemporary, and is almost certainly the most appealed-to book in the Old Testament in contemporary culture. R.W.L. Moberly's The Theology of the Book of Genesis examines the actual use made of Genesis in current debates, not only in academic but also in popular contexts. Traditional issues such as creation and fall stand alongside more recent issues such as religious violence and Christian Zionism. Moberly's concern -- elucidated through a combination of close readings and discussions of hermeneutical principle -- is to uncover what constitutes good understanding and use of Genesis, through a consideration of its intrinsic meaning as an ancient text (in both Hebrew and Greek versions) in dialogue with its reception and appropriation both past and present. Moberly seeks to enable responsible theological awareness and use of the ancient text today, highlighting Genesis' enduring significance."--Preliminary page.

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