This is a new commentary volume looking at the theological and literary motivations of "Genesis" 1-11. Joseph Blenkinsopp provides a new commentary on "Genesis" 1-11, the so-called 'Primeval History' in which the account of creation is given. Blenkinsopp works with the conviction that, from a biblical point of view, creation cannot be restricted to a single event, nor to two versions of an event (as depicted in "Genesis" 1-3) but, rather, must take in the whole period of creation arranged in the sequence: creation - uncreation - recreation (as can be derived from "Genesis" 1-11). Through the course of the commentary, presented in continuous discussion rather than in a rigid verse-by-verse form, Blenkinsopp takes into account pre-modern interpretations of the texts, especially in the Jewish interpretative tradition, as well as modern, historical-critical interpretations. Blenkinsopp works from the perspective of acknowledging the text's literary integrity as an 'authored' work, rather than focusing simply on the its background in various sources (whilst of course paying due attention to those sources).
This enables Blenkinsopp's engaging discussion to focus upon the literary and theological artistry of the material at hand.
Joseph Blenkinsopp is Emeritus Professor of Biblical Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA.
Chapter One: Humanity: The First Phase (Genesis 1-11); Chapter Two: In the beginning (Genesis 1:1-2:4a); Chapter Three: The Story of the Man, the Woman, and the Snake (Genesis 2:4b-3:24); Chapter Four: Cain and Abel: A Murder Mystery (Genesis 4:1-26); Chapter Five: Enoch and his times (Genesis 5:1-6:8); Chapter Six: The Cataclysm (Genesis 6:9-9:29); Chapter Seven: The New Humanity (Genesis 10:1-11:9); Chapter Eight: From Shem to Abraham, from Myth to History (Genesis 11:10-26); Epilogue: Towards a biblical theology of creation.