Creation and Chaos in the Primeval Era and the Eschaton: A Religio-Historical Study of Genesis 1 and Revelation 12
Whitney Jr., K. William, translator
Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2006 pp. xlii + 442. $36.00
Introduction by Peter Machinist
The Biblical Resource Series
Description: Hermann Gunkel's groundbreaking Schöpfung und Chaos, originally published in German in 1895, is here translated in its entirety into English for the first time. Even though available only in German, this work by Gunkel has had a profound influence on modern biblical scholarship. Discovering a number of parallels between the biblical creation accounts and a Babylonian creation account, the Enuma Elish, Gunkel argues that ancient Babylonian traditions shaped the Hebrew people's perceptions both of God's creative activity at the beginning of time and of God's re-creative activity at the end of time.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, New Testament, Revelation, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Religions, History of Interpretation
Review by Pieter G. R. de Villiers
Citation: Pieter G. R. de Villiers, review of Hermann Gunkel, Creation and Chaos in the Primeval Era and the Eschaton: A Religio-Historical Study of Genesis 1 and Revelation 12, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2007).
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