Prologue to History: The Yahwist as Historian in Genesis

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Westminster John Knox Press, Jan 1, 1992 - Religion - 388 pages

In this fascinating study, John Van Seters makes a compelling case for a new reading of Genesis. According to Van Seters, the book of Genesis represents the prologue to a major literary work, conceived and constructed by a single writer--an intellectual and historian. Van Seters argues that the author was a true historian who wrote history in the tradition of the ancient antiquarian.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Problem of Form
8
Myth and Tradition in Ancient Historiography
24
Mesopotamian Traditions on the Primeval History
47
Greek Traditions About the Primeval Age
78
The Story of Paradise
107
The Story of Cain and Abel
135
The Marriage of the Sons of God
149
Genealogies and Itineraries
197
The Theme of the Patriarchal Promises
215
The LandPromise Theme in the Old Testament
227
The Promise Theme Within the AbrahamIsaac Stories
246
The Jacob Story
277
Jacob and the Story of Joseph
311
Summary and Conclusion
328
Bibliography
335

The Story of the Flood
160
The Table of Nations
174
The Primeval History as a Whole
188

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