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Book Description

A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on Genesis. The International Critical Commentary
Publication Year:
T & T Clark
Genesis, Commentary, Old Testament
Copyright Holder:
Public domain

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • List of Abbrevations


  1. Introductory: Canonical Position of the book—its general scopek—and title
  2. History or Legend?
  3. Myth and Legendk—Foreign MythsTypes of mythical Motive
  4. Historical Value of the Tradition
  5. Preservation and Collection of the Traditions
  6. Plans and Divisions
  7. The Sources of Genesis
  8. The collective Authorship of J and E
  9. Characteristics of J and Etheir Relation to Literary Prophecy
  10. Date and Place of OriginRedaction of JE
  11. The Priestly Code and the Final Redaction


Extended Notes

  • The Divine Image in Man
  • The Hebrew and Babylonian Sabbath
  • Babylonian and Other Cosmogonies
  • The Site of Eden
  • The 'Protoevangelium'
  • The Cherubim
  • Origin and Significance of the Paradise Legend
  • Origin of the Cain Legend
  • The Cainite Genealogy
  • The Chronology of Ch. 5, etc.
  • The Deluge Tradition
  • Noah's Curse and Blessing
  • The Babel Legend
  • Chronology of 1110ff.
  • Historical Value of Ch. 14
  • Circumcision
  • The Covenant-Idea in P
  • Destruction of the Cities of the Plain
  • The Sacrifice of Isaac
  • The Treaty of Gilead and its historical Setting
  • The Legend of Peniel
  • The Sack fo Shechem
  • The Edomite Genealogies
  • The Degradation of Reuben
  • The Fate of Simeon and Levi
  • The "Shiloh" of Prophecy of 4910
  • The Zodiacal Theory of the Twelve Tribes


  1. English
  2. Hebrew