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Reading Genesis: A Literary and Theological Commentary
Galambush, Julie

Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2018 pp. xvi + 177. $32.00


Description: Genesis, a book of wondrous stories, is also a profound exploration of the human condition. From Cain and Abel to Joseph and his brothers, the narrative focuses on the corrosive effects of envy and resentment. Ultimately, it shows a path toward reconciliation. Julie Galambush applies current historical, archaeological, and literary scholarship to create a nuanced and highly accessible commentary, explaining the history behind the writing of Genesis, the customs and laws that “went without saying” for ancient readers, and even the puns that enrich the original Hebrew but are lost in translation. She also addresses the challenges facing contemporary Jews and Christians who accept Genesis as sacred Scripture but reject practices the Genesis authors readily accepted, such as slavery and the “gifting” of women as concubines. Reading Genesis invites any reader, religious or otherwise, to listen in and to join in on this ancient conversation on what it means to be human.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Theological Approaches

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Review by R. W. L. Moberly
Published 5/23/2019
Citation: R. W. L. Moberly, review of Julie Galambush, Reading Genesis: A Literary and Theological Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).


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