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Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary
Collins, C. John

Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Publishing, 2006 pp. xiv + 317. $17.99


Description: Much controversy surrounds the opening chapters of Genesis. They are “ ‘front-loaded’ with all manner of vital topics,” says C. John Collins, “such as God’s work of creating the world and mankind; what it means to be human; why our present experience is so different from what we find in Genesis 2; how we come to know God and to be sure of his love.” Collins employs a literary-theological method informed by contemporary discourse analysis in order to read passages as coherent wholes. He shows how later biblical and intertestamental writers have used Genesis 1–4, and reflects on how these chapters shape a Christian worldview today. “What does it mean to be human? Why are we here? What’s wrong with us and our world? How can things be made right? And what’s God got to do with the whole business? Collins demonstrates that the opening chapters of Scripture are crucial in answering these worldview questions, and thus essential to a faithful engagement with life in God’s world. He gives us a commentary that is both exegetically exacting and theologically relevant for the modern church.”

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature

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Review by Philippe Guillaume
Published 4/5/2008
Citation: Philippe Guillaume, review of C. John Collins, Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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