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Genesis 1-11: Tales of the Earliest World
Good, Edwin M.

Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 2011 pp. x + 125. $15.95


Description: This book invites readers to reconsider what they think they know about the opening chapters of the Book of Genesis, from the creation of the world, through the Garden of Eden, Cain and Abel, the Flood, and the Tower of Babel, to the introduction of Abraham. Edwin M. Good offers a new translation of and literary commentary on these chapters, approaching the material as an ancient Hebrew book. Rather than analyzing the chapters in light of any specific religious position, he is interested in what the stories say and how they work as stories, indications in them of their origins as orally performed and transmitted, and how they do and do not connect with one another. Everyone, from those intimately familiar with Genesis to those who have never read it before, will find something new in Genesis 1-11: Tales of the Earliest World.

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

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Review by George Savran
Published 7/17/2012
Citation: George Savran, review of Edwin M. Good, Genesis 1-11: Tales of the Earliest World, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by Brian D. Russell
Published 3/15/2013
Citation: Brian D. Russell, review of Edwin M. Good, Genesis 1-11: Tales of the Earliest World, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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