Reading Genesis Today

Gordon I. Wenham

Article Type: Article

Publication Date: 4/1/1994

Issue: Genesis (Vol. 14, No 2, Spring, 1994)

This essay looks at three aspects of Genesis that can contribute to our understanding of it: First, it compare Genesis to other oriental texts of the first and second millennia B.C., showing both the uniqueness and the revolutionary character of Genesis. Second, it looks at what the book says about the nature of God and God’s expectations for human behavior, principles that are assumed and restated in many parts of the Old and New Testament. Third, it glances at the ancestral stories, particularly those about Jacob and Joseph, and use methods of new criticism to suggest what these texts are saying.

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