The Theology of the Book of Genesis  -     By: R.W.L. Moberly
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Cambridge University Press / 2009 / Paperback

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 296
Vendor: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.40 X 0.70 (inches)
ISBN: 0521685389
ISBN-13: 9780521685382
Series: Old Testament Theology

Publisher's Description

The book of Genesis contains foundational material for Jewish and Christian theology, both historic and contemporary, and is almost certainly the most appealed-to book in the Old Testament in contemporary culture. R. W. L. Moberly s The Theology of the Book of Genesis examines the actual use made of Genesis in current debates, not only in academic but also in popular contexts. Traditional issues such as creation and fall stand alongside more recent issues such as religious violence and Christian Zionism. Moberly's concern elucidated through a combination of close readings and discussions of hermeneutical principle is to uncover what constitutes good understanding and use of Genesis, through a consideration of its intrinsic meaning as an ancient text (in both Hebrew and Greek versions) in dialogue with its reception and appropriation both past and present. Moberly seeks to enable responsible theological awareness and use of the ancient text today, highlighting Genesis enduring significance.

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  1. Bristol England
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Modern world theology touching on Genesis
    August 22, 2013
    Bristol England
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This volume is one of the first in a series that is planned as the Old Testament counterpart to James D G Dunn's New Testament Theology series by Cambridge University Press.

    This is the first example I have come across in either series and was surprised to be informed by the blurb that the book first and foremost discusses the use of the book of Genesis in current debate. Whilst the book also discusses many hermeneutical issues and is long on the history of interpretation and whilst also several chapters end with an approach to the problem debated by using canonical criticism, the general thrust of the book is exactly that - the discussion of current issues which have some nexus to a text or passage in Genesis; or what modern biblical scholars such as Jon D Levenson,James Barr, Regina Schwartz or Gerhard von Rad, for example, have written about various parts of Genesis and an analysis thereof.

    Richard Dawkins and Jerry Falwell make guest appearances and Mel Gibson has to make do with a footnote. Subjects such as Christian Zionism, evolutionary biology, and the common heritage of Islam, Judaism and Christianity are on the agenda. Immanuel Kant, Karl Barth and Soren Kierkegaard on the other hand make contributions that help leave the reader in no doubt that the book is in no way a biblical theology or even theology of Genesis and which is better described as a selection of several important passages such as those about Noah, Abraham and Joseph which have come up in contemporary discussion inside and outside the world of Old Testament scholarship.

    There is no claim of completeness from either the publisher or author and entertaining and thoughtful as the book is throughout its 250 pages (and there is not a little erudition) one comes away from reading it with pretty much no greater grasp of Genesis or its theology than when one began it even after taking into account the opening and closing chapter which are the most theological.

    So whilst the author is to be commended for his ability draw from such a wide range of subjects, periods and disciplines I would personally conclude that this book is more for those interested in Canonical Criticism, hermeneutics, apologetics, current affairs and politics than for those interested in the theology of Genesis.
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