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The Genesis Of Genesis

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This chapter focuses on the scholarly work that has taken place during the fifty years after the publication of the second edition of Eissfeldt's volume and to offer some programmatic proposals about the genesis of Genesis. As one moves from Genesis to Exodus, Israel's identity changes. The chapter turns to a comparison of the priestly material with the prior literature. In sum, when confronted with the first Israelite version of the flood story, one in which the flood serves no clearly defensible purpose, the priestly writer created a radically different form of the story. In sum, there is a priestly program in Genesis. The existence of such a priestly program in Genesis raises interesting questions about the nature and extent of the basic priestly document. The motif of family pervades the non-priestly material.

Keywords: genesis; priestly program



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