Click here to get the answers to the most commonly asked RBL questions.

Review of Biblical Literature Blog

Eschatology in Genesis
Huddleston, Jonathan

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2012 pp. xiv + 315. €69.00

Series Information
Forschungen zum Alten Testament 2. Reihe, 57


Description: In this study, Jonathan Huddleston examines Genesis as a rhetorical whole, addressing Persian-era Judean expectations. While some have contrasted Genesis’ account of origins with prophetic accounts of the future, literary and historical evidence suggests that Genesis narrates Israel’s origins precisely in order to ground Judea’s hopes for an eschatological restoration. Promises to the ancestors semiotically apply to those who preserved, composed, and received the text of Genesis. Judea imagines its mythic destiny as a great nation exemplifying and spreading blessing among the families of the earth. Genesis’ vision of Israel’s destiny coheres with the postexilic prophetic eschatology, identifying Israel as a precious seed to carry forward promises of a yet-to-be-realized creation fruitfulness. Because this future requires a coming divine visitation, Genesis cannot be attributed to an anti-eschatological hierocracy. Rather, it reflects the same Persian-era Judean synthesis that produced the temple-oriented restoration eschatology of the prophetic corpus.

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

Login to Read the Review(s)

You must be a member of SBL to read the review(s). Enter your SBL Member ID and click the "Log in" button. Your use of this site indicates your acceptance of RBL’s Terms of Use.

I don’t remember my SBL Member ID.

Join SBL or renew your membership to read the review(s).



SBL Membership Id:  


Review by James S. Lee
Published 11/11/2014
Citation: James S. Lee, review of Jonathan Huddleston, Eschatology in Genesis, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


Adobe Acrobat Reader
All RBL reviews are published in PDF format. To view these reviews, you must have downloaded and installed the FREE version of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the Reader or you have an older version of the Reader, you can download the most recent version now.

 

 
Privacy PolicyTerms of UseContact Us