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.
Behind the book
The purpose of Genesis 111
The beginnings of history
The flood and the tower of Babel
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Abel Abram ancient animals appear Babylonian become beginning begot birds birth blessing blood Cain called Canaan cattle century chaos chapter comes commentary continuing covenant created creation daughters death descendants describe earth east English Enoch evil fact faith family tree flood footnote fruit further garden Genesis give given God's gods ground heaven Hebrew human hundred hymn increase indicate Israel Japheth judgement kind king land language light linked living creatures LORD male man's marks material meaning Mesopotamian myth mythological narrative narrator nature Noah Old Testament once opened origin phrase possible provides reading reference relationship religious rendered seems sense serpent seven Shem sons speaks spirit story taken tower tradition translated tree verse versions waters whole wife wild woman