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Genesis's Central Concern

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138368.003.0011
 								Genesis's Central Concern

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Genesis has two levels or focal points – history of Israel (the patriarchs) and human life (or human existence). Both are important and indispensable, but for Genesis, human life is the more fundamental of the two, and so the book is structured not according to the diversity of patriarchs but according to diverse aspects of human life, including space, time (the flow of generations), and stages of life and perception. As Israel's history is accompanied by a further level of meaning (namely human life), so also is Israel's land; “land” in Genesis means more than specific territory.

Keywords: generations; history; human existence; human life; Israel; land; patriarchs; space; stages of life; time

Chapter.  4190 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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