The World of Genesis: Persons, Places, Perspectives

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Philip R. Davies, David J. A. Clines
Bloomsbury Publishing, Jan 1, 1998 - Religion - 188 pages
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Although it opens with an argument that the earth, and not humanity, is the real subject of Genesis 1-11, this collection of essays focuses first on female personalities in Genesis (Eve, Hagar, Rebeccah, Tamar and the four tribal matriarchs), then on male characters (Abraham, Ishmael, Pharaoh). The treatment ranges from historical-critical analysis, through discourse analysis and narrative, ideological and psychological analyses, to postmodern autobiographical exegesis. Among the many delights of this selection are the mingling of traditional and contemporary perspectives, especially the interplay of gender at the level of the biblical text and of the modern author-and perhaps also of the modern reader of this fascinating assortment of studies on tales of human ancestry.

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Contents

THE MENS STORY
127
Index of References
172
Index of Authors
177
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Page 86 - For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
Page 75 - Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?
Page 71 - Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.
Page 86 - Nevertheless what saith the scripture ? " Cast out the bondwoman and her son : for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman.
Page 65 - But as then he that was born after the flesh, persecuted him that was born after the Spirit, even so it is now.
Page 84 - Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.
Page 70 - Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon : therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife : and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister : that it may be well with me for thy sake ; and my soul shall live because of thee.
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Page 30 - See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food. And to all the animals on land, to all the birds of the sky, and to everything that creeps on earth, in which there is the breath of life, I give all the green plants for food.
Page 27 - And God said Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear . . . And God called the dry land earth, and the gathering together of the waters called he seas...

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Philip R. Davies is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK.

David Clines is Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies in the University of Sheffield, UK.

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