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GENESIS: AN INTRODUCTION is actually an introduction for a three volume work in the Continental Commentary Series: GENESIS 1-11, GENESIS 12-36, and GENESIS 37-50. Claus Westermann spent 25 yrs. writing the commentary. CONTENTS: Part 1: Introduction to the Story of the Primeval Events: Genesis 1-11 1. The Story of Primeval Events in the Pentateuch and Its Prehistory. 2. The Numerative Sections in Genesis 1-11: The Genealogies as the Framework of the Story of Primeval Events. 3. The Narrative Sections of Genesis 1-11 4. The Theological Significance of the Primeval Story. 5. Literature. 6. The Formation and Theological Meaning of the Primeval Story. Part 2: Introduction to the Patriarchal Story: Genesis 12-50 1. The Significance of the Patriarchal Story. 2. The Origin and Growth of the Partriarchal Story. 3. The World of the Patriarchal Story & Its Setting: The Question of the Time of the Patriarchs 4. Literature: Genesis 12-50. 5. The Religion of the Patriarchs. 6. Structure and Growth of Genesis 12-25. 7. Conclusion to Genesis 12-36. Part 3: Introduction to the Joseph Story: Genesis 37-50. Literature on the History of the Exegesis of Genesis 37-50. Other Literature on Genesis 37-50. 1. The History of the Exegesis of Genesis 37-50. 2. The Composition of Genesis 37-50. 3. The Composition of the Joseph Story in the Stricter Sense. 4. The Literary Form of the Joseph Story. 5. The Joseph Story and Wisdom. 6. The Joseph Story and the Patriarchal Traditions. 7. The Origin and Growth of Genesis 37-50. 8. Parallels and Egyptian Background. 9. Concluding Remarks on Genesis 37-50.
The comprehensive introductions from Westermann's great three-volume commentary on Genesis are now presented in a convenient form for both students and scholars. Three major parts--primeval events, the patriarchal story, and the Joseph story--include historical discussion, theological reflection, and detailed bibliographies. The result is an authoritative introduction to the composition, interpretation, and theology of the first book of the Hebrew Bible.