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Genesis, a Royal Epic

Introduction, Translation, and Notes, 2nd Edition
  • By Loren R. Fisher
Description: Genesis ""was a political document of the state, and its major function was to exalt David and his monarchy, not only with his own people but also among the other states of that world. The scribes of the monarchy used many sources for this work, and certainly the literary criticism of the past has helped us to isolate many of these sources. However, the view presented here is quite different from the older criticism in that the sources that were used in this work must date from before the exile. This is obvious, if the sources were used by the scribes of the Davidic monarchy. None of this can be said with dogmatic zest, but we can at this point discuss some reasons why it seems possible to see Genesis in this way."" --from the Introduction Endorsements: ""Loren Fisher applies what is perhaps the single most valuable method of biblical interpretation to the book of Genesis, the principle of 'multiple voices.' Instead of forcing agreement between clearly distinct units and genres, he allows the differences to speak, and then brings them together to function as a royal epic of leadership and nationhood."" -Baruch A. Levine Skirball Professor Emeritus of Bible and Ancient Near Eastern Studies New York University ""Loren Fisher has produced an elegant and eminently readable translation of the book of Genesis, with helpful literary and comparative notes throughout. The author does an exceptionally fine job of situating Genesis within the world of ancient Near Eastern literature. Both the casual reader and the advanced scholar of the Bible will gain many insights from this well-conceived project."" -Gary Rendsburg Department of Jewish Studies Rutgers University About the Contributor(s): Loren R. Fisher retired as Professor of Hebrew Bible at the School of Theology at Claremont and as Professor of Semitic Languages and Literature at the Claremont Graduate University. He is the author of The Many Voices of Job, Tales from Ancient Egypt, The Jerusalem Academy, and the editor of Ras Shamra Parallels, vols. 1 and 2,

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    Product Specs
    • SKU: 9781610973014
    • Manufacturer: Cascade Books
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9781610973014
    • Publication Date: 08/01/2011
    • Format: Paperback
    • Author: Loren R. Fisher
    • Page Count: 268
    • Weight: 0.85 pounds
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