Chapters 1-11 of Genesis are like a poetic prologue to the early history of the Jewish people and to their religion. For Christianity also they later fulfil a similar purpose. Professor Davidson takes these chapters as a separate unity, comments on them, and explains their religious significance and their place in the Bible as a whole. Introductory sections on the sources and purpose of the book, and the meaning of myth, lead straight into the text and commentary which alternate with each other in the style of the series.
The purpose of Genesis 111
The beginnings of history
The flood and the tower of Babel
A NOTE ON FURTHER READING
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Abel Abram ādām Ancient Near East Aramaic Babylonian beginning begot birth blessing brother Cain called Canaan Canaanite Canaanite religion Caphtorites cattle century B.C. chaos chapter commentary context covenant created creation hymn curse Cush descendants describe Deut earth Enoch epic epic of Gilgamesh evil Exod family tree flood story fruitful and increase garden Genesis Gilgamesh God's gods ground Ham and Japheth Harran Havilah Hebrew Hebrew text Hebrew word human hundred Israel Japheth judgement king Kittim Lamech land language linked living creatures LORD male and female man's meaning Mesopotamian Mizraim mythological N.E.B. footnote Nahor narrative narrator Numbers Old Testament Peleg phrase Prologue reference relationship religious rendered reptiles ritual sacrifice Septuagint serpent Shem sons and daughters sons of Noah sons of Shem spirit story myths Terah Tiamat tower of Babel translated Utnapishtim verb verse 12 versions waters wife wild animals woman YHWH