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Revisiting the Days of Genesis: A Study of the Use of Time in Genesis 1Ė11 in Light of Its Ancient Near Eastern and Literary Context
Hodge, B. C.

Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2010 pp. 198. $23.00

Description: A commitment to historical-grammatical hermeneutics often has been confused with a commitment to literal language. Time, in our modern conception, has been construed as a measurement of temporal units, and the numbers assigned to them, as merely counting those units. However, a study is needed to explore whether this is the Genesis author's use of time, and whether numerical values utilized suggest something other than tracking simple measurements. This book attempts to offer an answer to this question by analyzing the ancient Near Eastern and literary context of the Book of Genesis in terms of its use of temporal language in determining its value within the narrative. It is the contention of this book that both of these concepts have been misunderstood to such an extent that these misperceptions often obstruct interpreters from understanding the sociological and theological intent of the author to convey a theology of God, man, creation, and chaos that addresses concerns of both the ancient and the modern reader.

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

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Review by Jeffery M. Leonard
Published 4/16/2015
Citation: Jeffery M. Leonard, review of B. C. Hodge, Revisiting the Days of Genesis: A Study of the Use of Time in Genesis 1Ė11 in Light of Its Ancient Near Eastern and Literary Context, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2015).

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