The Sons of God in Genesis 6:1–4: Analysis and History of Exegesis
Leiden: Brill, 2019 pp. xxiv + 369. $153.00
Oudtestamentische Studiën, 76
Description: In The Sons of God in Genesis 6:1–4, Jaap Doedens offers an overview of the history of exegesis of the enigmatic text about the ‘sons of God’, the ‘daughters of men’, and the ‘giants’. First, he analyzes the text of Gen 6:1–4. Subsequently, he tracks the different exegetical proposals from the earliest exegesis until those of modern times. He further provides the reader with an evaluation of the meaning of the expression ‘sons of God’ in the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East. In the last chapter, he concentrates on the message and function of Gen 6:1–4. This volume comprehensively gathers ancient and modern exegetical attempts, providing the means for an ongoing dialogue about this essentially complex and elusive passage.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature, Methods, Reception History
Review by Michael Hundley
Citation: Michael Hundley, review of Jaap Doedens, The Sons of God in Genesis 6:1–4: Analysis and History of Exegesis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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