Author's Preface     xi
    Principal Abbreviations    xiii

INTRODUCTION     1

    I.  Title     1
    II.  Structure     2
    III.  Composition     11
    IV.  Theology     38
    V.  Problems in Interpretation     53
    VI.  Canonicity     71
    VII.  The Hebrew Text     73
    VIII.  Bibliography     75

TEXT AND COMMENTARY     101

    I.  Primeval History (1:1-11:32)     103

      A.  THE CREATION OF THE WORLD (1:1-2:3)     103

        1.  In the Beginning (1:1-2)     103
        2.  The First Day (1:3-5)     118
        3.  The Second Day (1:6-8)     121
        4.  The Third Day (1:9-13)     124
        5.  The Fourth Day (1:14-19)     126
        6.  The Fifth Day (1:20-23)     129
        7.  The Sixth Day (1:24-31)     131
        8.  The Seventh Day (2:1-3)     141

      B.  THE GARDEN OF EDEN AND ITS FIRST OCCUPANTS (2:4-25)     150

        1.  The Formation of a Gardener (2:4-7)     150
        2.  One Garden, Two Trees (2:8-9)     160
        3.  One Garden, Four Rivers (2:10-14)     166
        4.  Keeping Both the Garden and the Commandment (2:15-17)     171
        5.  A Fit Helper among the Animals? (2:18-20)     174
        6.  The Creation of Woman (2:21-25)     177

      C.  THE TEMPATION IN THE GARDEN (3:1-24)     186

        1.  The Tempter's Methods (3:1-7)     186
        2.  God and Man Meet in the Garden (3:8-13)     192
        3.  The Consequences of Transgression (3:14-19)     194
        4.  A New Name and a New Covering (3:20-21)     204
        5.  Expulsion from the Garden (3:22-24)     208

      D.  FRATERNAL STRIFE (4:1-26)     218

        1.  One Offering Accepted, One Offering Refused (4:1-7)     218
        2.  A Judge and a Criminal (4:8-16)     228
        3.  The Family of Cain (4:17-24)     236
        4.  The Birth of Seth (4:25-26)     242

      E.  FROM ADAM TO NOAH: TEN GENERATIONS (5:1-32)     246

      F.  THE SONS OF GOD AND THE DAUGHTERS OF
           HUMANKIND: ILLICIT RELATIONSHIPS (6:1-4)     261

      G.  THE GREAT FLOOD (6:5-9:29)     272

        1.  The Reason for a Flood (6:5-10)     272
        2.  Corruption and Violence in the Earth (6:11-12)     278
        3.  The Command to Build the Ark (6:13-22)     279
        4.  The Command to Enter the Ark (7:1-10)     285
        5.  The Start of the Flood (7:11-16)     290
        6.  The Cresting of the Waters (7:17-24)     295
        7.  The Floodwaters Recede (8:1-5)     299
        8.  The Emergence of Dry Land (8:6-14)     302
        9.  Noah Leaves the Ark (8:15-22)     306
        10.  God's Covenant with Noah (9:-17)     311
        11.  Noah's Nakedness (9:18-29)     319

      H.  THE TABLE OF NATIONS (10:1-32)     330

        1.  The Japhethites (10:1-5)     330
        2.  The Hamites (10:6-20)     335
        3.  The Shemites (10:21-32)     343

      I.  SHINARITES AND SHEMITES (11:1-32)

        1.  Tower Builders at Babel (11:1-9)     349
        2.  Genealogy of Shemites (11:10-32)     359

    II.  The Abraham Cycle, Part I (12:1-17:27)     369

      A.  THE EMERGENCE OF ABRAM (12:1-20)     369

        1.  The Call of Abram (12:1-9)     369
        2.  Abram in Egypt with Sarai (2:10-20)     379

      B.  THE SEPARATION OF LOT AND ABRAM (13:1-18)     388

      C.  MILITANT ABRAM AND THE KINGS (14:1-24)     396

        1.  Four Kings against Five (14:1-12)     396
        2.  The Recapture of Lot (14:13-16)     404
        3.  Abram Meets Two Kings (14:17-24)     407

      D.  THE COVENANT WITH ABRAM (15:1-21)     417

        1.  The Covenant Promises (15:1-6)     417
        2.  The Covenant Ceremonis (15:7-21)     427

      E.  HAGAR AND ISHMAEL (16:1-16)     441

        1.  Strife in the Family (16:1-6)     441
        2.  The Birth of Ishmael (16:7-16)     448

      F.  THE REAFFIRMATION OF THE COVENANT (17:1-27)     458

        1.  A Name Change for Abram (17:1-8)     458
        2.  The Sign of the Covenant (17:9-14)     467
        3.  Sarah and Isaac (17:15-22)     475
        4.  The Circumcision of Abraham and Ishmael (17:23-27)     479

INDEXES     485

    I.  Subjects     485
    II.  Authors     489
    III.  Scripture References     496
    IV.  Hebrew Words     516

     

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