Rachel Havrelock

in The Oxford Handbook of the Reception History of the Bible

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199204540
Published online May 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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This article surveys the outline, form, and content of Genesis. Genesis holds the undisputed place as the first book of the Bible. No matter the canon, it is the point of beginning. Every subsequent biblical book to some degree relates to Genesis. Through the device of the type-scene, the use of recurrent motifs, and the notion of a covenant transmitted from one generation to the next, the stories of Genesis invite comparative and intertextual readings. The chronology and content of Genesis, Genesis 1-11, Genesis 12-36, Genesis 37-50, genre, Canaan, and genealogies are discussed.

Keywords: Book of Genesis; biblical texts; recurrent motifs; chronology; Canaan; genealogy

Article.  6266 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Christianity ; Judaism and Jewish Studies

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