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The Theology of the Book of Genesis
Moberly, R. W. L.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009 pp. xxiv + 272. $23.99

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Old Testament Theology


Description: The book of Genesis contains foundational material for Jewish and Christian theology, both historic and contemporary, and is almost certainly the most appealed-to book in the Old Testament in contemporary culture. R. W. L. Moberly's The Theology of the Book of Genesis examines the actual use made of Genesis in current debates, not only in academic but also in popular contexts. Traditional issues such as creation and fall stand alongside more recent issues such as religious violence and Christian Zionism. Moberly's concern - elucidated through a combination of close readings and discussions of hermeneutical principle - is to uncover what constitutes good understanding and use of Genesis, through a consideration of its intrinsic meaning as an ancient text (in both Hebrew and Greek versions) in dialogue with its reception and appropriation both past and present. Moberly seeks to enable responsible theological awareness and use of the ancient text today, highlighting Genesis' enduring significance.

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

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Review by Markus Witte
Published 12/26/2009
Citation: Markus Witte, review of R. W. L. Moberly, The Theology of the Book of Genesis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Brian D. Russell
Published 3/20/2010
Citation: Brian D. Russell, review of R. W. L. Moberly, The Theology of the Book of Genesis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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