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This chapter first presents the text of Genesis followed by its translation in English. The second section of the chapter provides a detailed commentary on the book of Genesis. Greek Genesis (LXX-G) does not deviate significantly from its Hebrew parent text, which, for the purposes of this Commentary, is assumed to be proto-MT. As a result, it is necessary to discuss features of the Hebrew narrative that agree with the Greek version, not only to provide coherence, but also to better understand the significance of the occasional differences. Inasmuch as this Commentary is not meant to provide a thorough review of scholarship on the Hebrew text, only a few representative commentaries on the Hebrew text have been used. The two primary ones are Claus Westermann’s three-volume commentary and Nahum Sarna’s JPS commentary. Important contributions on the Hebrew text by other scholars are referenced as appropriate throughout.

Keywords: Claus Westermann; Greek Genesis; Hebrew text; Jews



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