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Adam as Israel: Genesis 1-3 as the Introduction to the Torah and Tanakh
Postell, Seth D.

Cambridge: James Clarke, 2012 pp. xii + 204. £19.50

Description: The story of Adam is the story of Israel writ small. In this text-centered interpretation of Genesis 1Ė3, Seth Postell contends that the opening chapters of the Bible, when interpreted as a strategic literary introduction to the Torah and to the Tanakh, intentionally foreshadow Israelís failure to keep the Sinai Covenant and their exile from the Promised Land, in order to point the reader to a future work of God, whereby a king will come in "the last days" to fulfill Adamís original mandate to conquer the land (Gen 1:28). Thus Genesis 1Ė3, the Torah, and the Hebrew Bible as a whole have an eschatological trajectory.

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

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Review by L. Michael Morales
Published 10/4/2012
Citation: L. Michael Morales, review of Seth D. Postell, Adam as Israel: Genesis 1-3 as the Introduction to the Torah and Tanakh, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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