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The BOOK OF GENESIS (from the Latin Vulgate , in turn borrowed or transliterated from Greek γένεσις, meaning "Coming into Being"; Hebrew : בְּרֵאשִׁית‎, Bərēšīṯ, "In beginning") is the first book of the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
(the Tanakh ) and the Christian Old Testament .

The basic narrative expresses the central theme: God creates the world (along with creating the first man and woman ) and appoints man as his regent, but man proves disobedient and God exiles Adam
Adam
and Eve from the garden of Eden. Then God destroys the world through the Flood . The new post-Flood world is also corrupt. God does not destroy it, instead calling one man, Abraham
Abraham
, to be the seed of its salvation. At God's command Abraham
Abraham
descends from his home into the land of Canaan
Canaan
, given to him by God, where he dwells as a sojourner, as does his son Isaac
Isaac
and his grandson Jacob
Jacob
. Jacob's name is changed to Israel, and through the agency of his son Joseph , the children of Israel descend into Egypt, 70 people in all with their households, and God promises them a future of greatness. Genesis ends with Israel in Egypt, ready for the coming of Moses
Moses
and the Exodus . The narrative is punctuated by a series of covenants with God , successively narrowing in scope from all mankind (the covenant with Noah
Noah
) to a special relationship with one people alone ( Abraham
Abraham
and his descendants through Isaac
Isaac
and Jacob).

The book's author or authors appear to have structured it around ten "toledot " sections (the "these are the generations of..." phrases), but modern commentators see it in terms of a "primeval history " (chapters 1–11) followed by the cycle of Patriarchal stories (chapters 12–50). In Judaism , the theological importance of Genesis centers on the covenants linking God to his chosen people and the people to the Promised Land
Promised Land
. Christianity
Christianity
has interpreted Genesis as the prefiguration of certain cardinal Christian beliefs, primarily the need for salvation (the hope or assurance of all Christians) and the redemptive act of Christ
Christ
on the Cross as the fulfillment of covenant promises as the Son of God
Son of God
.

Tradition credits Moses
Moses
as the author of Genesis , as well as Exodus , Book of Leviticus , Numbers and most of Book of Deuteronomy , but modern scholars increasingly see them as a product of the 6th and 5th centuries BC.

CONTENTS

* 1 Structure * 2 Summary

* 3 Composition

* 3.1 Title and textual witnesses * 3.2 Origins * 3.3 Genre

* 4 Themes

* 4.1 Promises to the ancestors * 4.2 God\'s chosen people

* 5 Judaism\'s weekly Torah
Torah
portions * 6 First phrase * 7 See also * 8 Notes * 9 References

* 10 Bibliography

* 10.1 Commentaries on Genesis * 10.2 General

* 11 External links

STRUCTURE

Genesis appears to be structured around the recurring phrase elleh toledot, meaning "these are the generations," with the first use of the phrase referring to the "generations of heaven and earth" and the remainder marking individuals—Noah, the "sons of Noah", Shem, etc., down to Jacob. It is not clear, however, what this meant to the original authors, and most modern commentators divide it into two parts based on subject matter, a "primeval history" (chapters 1–11) and a "patriarchal history" (chapters 12–50). While the first is far shorter than the second, it sets out the basic themes and provides an interpretive key for understanding the entire book. The "primeval history" has a symmetrical structure hinging on chapters 6–9, the flood story, with the events before the flood mirrored by the events after. The "patriarchal history" recounts the events of the major patriarchs Abraham, Isaac
Isaac
and Jacob, to whom God reveals himself and to whom the promise of descendants and land is made, while the story of Joseph serves to take the Israelites into Egypt
Egypt
in preparation for the next book, Exodus .

SUMMARY

See also: Primeval history and Patriarchal age The Angel Hinders the Offering of Isaac
Isaac
( Rembrandt
Rembrandt
, 1635)

God creates the world in six days and consecrates the seventh as a day of rest . God creates the first humans Adam and Eve
Adam and Eve
and all the animals in the Garden of Eden but instructs them not to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil . A talking serpent portrayed as a deceptive creature or trickster , entices Eve
Eve
into eating it anyway, and she entices Adam, whereupon God curses them and throws them out in the fall of man . Eve
Eve
bears two sons, Cain and Abel . Cain kills Abel after God accepts Abel's offering but not Cain's. God then curses Cain . Eve
Eve
bears another son, Seth
Seth
, to take Abel's place.

After many generations of Adam
Adam
have passed from the lines of Cain and Seth, the world becomes corrupted by the sin of man and Nephilim , and God determines to wipe out mankind. First, he instructs the righteous Noah
Noah
and his family to build a huge boat and put examples of all the animals on it. Then God sends a great flood to wipe out the rest of the world. When the waters recede, God promises that he will not destroy the world a second time with water with the rainbow as the symbol of his promise . But upon seeing mankind cooperating to build a great tower city, the Tower of Babel , God divides humanity with many languages and sets them apart with confusion.

God instructs Abram to travel from his home in Mesopotamia to the land of Canaan
Canaan
. There, God makes a covenant with Abram, promising that his descendants shall be as numerous as the stars, but that people will suffer oppression in a foreign land for four hundred years, after which they will inherit the land "from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates ". Abram's name is changed to Abraham
Abraham
and that of his wife Sarai to Sarah
Sarah
, and circumcision of all males is instituted as the sign of the covenant. Because Sarah
Sarah
is old, she tells Abraham
Abraham
to take her Egyptian handmaiden, Hagar , as a second wife. Through Hagar, Abraham
Abraham
fathers Ishmael .

God resolves to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah for the sins of their people. Abraham
Abraham
protests and gets God to agree not to destroy the cities if 10 righteous men can be found. Angels save Abraham's nephew Lot and his family, but his wife looks back on the destruction against their command and is turned into a pillar of salt. Lot's daughters, concerned that they are fugitives who will never find husbands, get him drunk to become pregnant by him, and give birth to the ancestors of the Moabites and Ammonites .

Abraham
Abraham
and Sarah
Sarah
go to the foreign land of Gerar, pretending to be brother and sister (they are half-siblings). The King of Gerar takes Sarah
Sarah
for his wife, but God warns him to return her, and he obeys. God sends Sarah
Sarah
a son to be named Isaac
Isaac
, through whom the covenant will be established. At Sarah's insistence, Ishmael and his mother Hagar are driven out into the wilderness, but God saves them and promises to make Ishmael a great nation.

God tests Abraham
Abraham
by demanding that he sacrifice Isaac
Isaac
. As Abraham is about to lay the knife upon his son, God restrains him, promising him numberless descendants. On the death of Sarah, Abraham
Abraham
purchases Machpelah (believed to be modern Hebron
Hebron
) for a family tomb and sends his servant to Mesopotamia to find among his relations a wife for Isaac, and Rebekah is chosen. Other children are born to Abraham
Abraham
by another wife, Keturah
Keturah
, among whose descendants are the Midianites , and he dies in a prosperous old age and is buried in his tomb at Hebron.

Isaac's wife Rebecca
Rebecca
gives birth to the twins Esau , father of the Edomites , and Jacob
Jacob
. Through deception, Jacob
Jacob
becomes the heir instead of Esau and gains his father's blessing. He flees to his uncle where he prospers and earns his two wives, Rachel
Rachel
and Leah
Leah
. Jacob's name is changed to Israel, and by his wives and their handmaidens he has twelve sons, the ancestors of the twelve tribes of the Children of Israel, and a daughter, Dinah .

Joseph , Jacob's favorite son, is sold into slavery in Egypt
Egypt
by his jealous brothers. But Joseph prospers, after hardship, with God's guidance of interpreting Pharaoh\'s dream of upcoming famine. He is then reunited with his father and brothers, who don't recognize him but who plead for food. After much manipulation, he reveals himself and lets them and their households into Egypt, where Pharaoh
Pharaoh
assigns to them the land of Goshen . Jacob
Jacob
calls his sons to his bedside and reveals their future before he dies. Joseph lives to an old age and exhorts his brethren, if God should lead them out of the country, to take his bones with them.

COMPOSITION

Abram's Journey from Ur to Canaan
Canaan
(József Molnár , 1850)

TITLE AND TEXTUAL WITNESSES

Genesis takes its Hebrew title from the first word of the first sentence, Bereshit, meaning "In the beginning"; in the Greek Septuagint
Septuagint
it was called Genesis, from the phrase "the generations of heaven and earth". There are four major textual witnesses to the book: the Masoretic Text , the Samaritan Pentateuch
Pentateuch
, the Septuagint
Septuagint
, and fragments of Genesis found at Qumran
Qumran
. The Qumran
Qumran
group provides the oldest manuscripts but covers only a small proportion of the book; in general, the Masoretic Text is well preserved and reliable, but there are many individual instances where the other versions preserve a superior reading.

ORIGINS

Main article: Documentary hypothesis

For much of the 20th century most scholars agreed that the five books of the Pentateuch
Pentateuch
—Genesis, Exodus , Leviticus , Numbers and Deuteronomy
Deuteronomy
—came from four sources, the Yahwist , the Elohist , the Deuteronomist and the Priestly source , each telling the same basic story, and joined together by various editors. Since the 1970s there has been a revolution in scholarship: the Elohist source is now widely regarded as no more than a variation on the Yahwist, while the Priestly source is increasingly seen not as a document but as a body of revisions and expansions to the Yahwist (or "non-Priestly") material. (The Deuteronomistic source does not appear in Genesis).

Examples of repeated and duplicate stories are used to identify the separate sources. In Genesis these include three different accounts of a Patriarch
Patriarch
claiming that his wife was his sister, the two creation stories, and the two versions of Abraham
Abraham
sending Hagar and Ishmael into the desert.

This leaves the question of when these works were created. Scholars in the first half of the 20th century came to the conclusion that the Yahwist was produced in the monarchic period, specifically at the court of Solomon
Solomon
, 10th century BC, and the Priestly work in the middle of the 5th century BC (the author was even identified as Ezra ), but more recent thinking is that the Yahwist was written either just before or during the Babylonian exile
Babylonian exile
of the 6th century BC, and the Priestly final edition was made late in the Exilic period or soon after.

As for why the book was created, a theory which has gained considerable interest, although still controversial is "Persian imperial authorisation". This proposes that the Persians of the Achaemenid Empire
Achaemenid Empire
, after their conquest of Babylon in 539 BC, agreed to grant Jerusalem a large measure of local autonomy within the empire, but required the local authorities to produce a single law code accepted by the entire community. The two powerful groups making up the community—the priestly families who controlled the Temple and who traced their origin to Moses
Moses
and the wilderness wanderings, and the major landowning families who made up the "elders" and who traced their own origins to Abraham, who had "given" them the land—were in conflict over many issues, and each had its own "history of origins", but the Persian promise of greatly increased local autonomy for all provided a powerful incentive to cooperate in producing a single text.

GENRE

Genesis is perhaps best seen as an example of "antiquarian history", a type of literature telling of the first appearance of humans, the stories of ancestors and heroes, and the origins of culture, cities and so forth. The most notable examples are found in the work of Greek historians of the 6th century BC: their intention was to connect notable families of their own day to a distant and heroic past, and in doing so they did not distinguish between myth , legend , and facts. Professor Jean-Louis Ska of the Pontifical Biblical Institute calls the basic rule of the antiquarian historian the "law of conservation": everything old is valuable, nothing is eliminated. Ska also points out the purpose behind such antiquarian histories: antiquity is needed to prove the worth of Israel's traditions to the nations (the neighbours of the Jews in early Persian Palestine), and to reconcile and unite the various factions within Israel itself.

THEMES

Joseph recognized by his brothers (Léon Pierre Urban Bourgeois, 1863)

PROMISES TO THE ANCESTORS

In 1978 David Clines published his influential The Theme of the Pentateuch
Pentateuch
– influential because he was one of the first to take up the question of the theme of the entire five books. Clines' conclusion was that the overall theme is "the partial fulfillment – which implies also the partial nonfulfillment – of the promise to or blessing of the Patriarchs". (By calling the fulfillment "partial" Clines was drawing attention to the fact that at the end of Deuteronomy
Deuteronomy
the people are still outside Canaan).

The patriarchs , or ancestors, are Abraham, Isaac
Isaac
and Jacob, with their wives (Joseph is normally excluded). Since the name YHWH had not been revealed to them, they worshipped El in his various manifestations. (It is, however, worth noting that in the Jahwist source the patriarchs refer to deity by the name YHWH, for example in Genesis 15.) Through the patriarchs God announces the election of Israel, meaning that he has chosen Israel to be his special people and committed himself to their future. God tells the patriarchs that he will be faithful to their descendants (i.e. to Israel), and Israel is expected to have faith in God and his promise. ("Faith" in the context of Genesis and the Hebrew bible means agreement to the promissory relationship, not a body of belief).

The promise itself has three parts: offspring, blessings, and land. The fulfilment of the promise to each patriarch depends on having a male heir, and the story is constantly complicated by the fact that each prospective mother – Sarah
Sarah
, Rebekah and Rachel
Rachel
– is barren. The ancestors, however, retain their faith in God and God in each case gives a son – in Jacob's case, twelve sons, the foundation of the chosen Israelites . All three promises are more richly fulfilled in each succeeding generation, until through Joseph "all the world" is saved from famine, and by bringing the children of Israel down to Egypt
Egypt
he becomes the means through which the promise can be fulfilled.

GOD\'S CHOSEN PEOPLE

Scholars generally agree that the theme of divine promise unites the patriarchal cycles, but many would dispute the efficacy of trying to examine Genesis' theology by pursuing a single overarching theme, instead citing as more productive the analysis of the Abraham
Abraham
cycle, the Jacob
Jacob
cycle, and the Joseph cycle, and the Yahwist and Priestly sources . The problem lies in finding a way to unite the patriarchal theme of divine promise to the stories of Genesis 1–11 (the primeval history ) with their theme of God's forgiveness in the face of man's evil nature. One solution is to see the patriarchal stories as resulting from God's decision not to remain alienated from mankind: God creates the world and mankind, mankind rebels, and God "elects" (chooses) Abraham.

To this basic plot (which comes from the Yahwist ) the Priestly source has added a series of covenants dividing history into stages, each with its own distinctive "sign". The first covenant is between God and all living creatures, and is marked by the sign of the rainbow; the second is with the descendants of Abraham
Abraham
(Ishmaelites and others as well as Israelites), and its sign is circumcision ; and the last, which doesn't appear until the book of Exodus , is with Israel alone, and its sign is Sabbath . Each covenant is mediated by a great leader ( Noah
Noah
, Abraham, Moses
Moses
), and at each stage God progressively reveals himself by his name ( Elohim with Noah, El Shaddai with Abraham, Yahweh with Moses).

JUDAISM\'S WEEKLY TORAH PORTIONS

Main article: Weekly Torah
Torah
portion First Day of Creation (from the 1493 Nuremberg Chronicle )

* Bereshit , on Genesis 1–6: Creation, Eden, Adam
Adam
and Eve, Cain and Abel, Lamech, wickedness * Noach , on Genesis 6–11: Noah's Ark, the Flood, Noah's drunkenness, the Tower of Babel * Lech-Lecha , on Genesis 12–17: Abraham, Sarah, Lot, covenant, Hagar and Ishmael, circumcision * Vayeira , on Genesis 18–22: Abraham's visitors, Sodomites, Lot's visitors and flight, Hagar expelled, binding of Isaac * Chayei Sarah
Sarah
, on Genesis 23–25: Sarah
Sarah
buried, Rebekah for Isaac * Toledot , on Genesis 25–28: Esau and Jacob, Esau's birthright, Isaac's blessing * Vayetze , on Genesis 28–32: Jacob
Jacob
flees, Rachel, Leah, Laban, Jacob's children and departure * Vayishlach , on Genesis 32–36: Jacob's reunion with Esau, the rape of Dinah * Vayeshev , on Genesis 37–40: Joseph's dreams, coat, and slavery, Judah with Tamar, Joseph and Potiphar * Miketz , on Genesis 41–44: Pharaoh's dream, Joseph's in government, Joseph's brothers visit Egypt * Vayigash , on Genesis 44–47: Joseph reveals himself, Jacob
Jacob
moves to Egypt * Vaychi , on Genesis 47–50: Jacob's blessings, death of Jacob
Jacob
and of Joseph

FIRST PHRASE

Main article: Genesis 1:1 "In principio creavit deus..." First page of Genesis in a Latin bible dated 1481 (Bodleian Library)

Perhaps the most well-known passage of the Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
, the first phrase of Genesis has long been translated as "In the beginning God created..." However, the idea that God created the world out of nothing (creatio ex nihilo ) is central today to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, but it is not directly stated anywhere in the entire Hebrew Bible.

SEE ALSO

* Bible
Bible
portal

* Dating the Bible * Enûma Eliš * Genesis creation narrative
Genesis creation narrative
* Historicity of the Bible * Mosaic authorship * Paradise Lost
Paradise Lost
* Protevangelium * Wife–sister narratives in the Book of Genesis
Wife–sister narratives in the Book of Genesis

NOTES

* ^ Other scholars prefer a four-part division: 1:1 to 11:25 is the primeval story, 11:26 to 25:18 the story of Abraham, 25:19 to 36:43 the Jacob
Jacob
cycle, and 37:1 to 50:26 the Joseph story. * ^ The Weekly Torah
Torah
portion , Parashah , divide the book into 12 readings.

REFERENCES

* ^ Hamilton (1990), p. 1 * ^ A B C Bandstra (2004), pp. 28–29 * ^ Kessler, Deurloo (2004), pp. 3–7 * ^ Van Seters (1998), p. 5 * ^ A B Davies (1998), p. 37 * ^ Hamilton (1990), p. 2 * ^ Whybray (1998), p. 41 * ^ Jon D. Levenson (2014) "Genesis" in Adele Berlin and Marc Zvi Brettler (eds.) The Jewish Study Bible
Bible
(second edition). New York: Oxford University Press. * ^ McKeown (2008), p. 2 * ^ Walsh (2001), p. 112 * ^ Carr 2000 , p. 491. * ^ Hendel, R. S. (1992). Genesis, Book
Book
of. In D. N. Freedman (Ed.), The Anchor Yale Bible
Bible
Dictionary (Vol. 2, p. 933). New York: Doubleday * ^ Gooder (2000), pp. 12–14 * ^ Van Seters (2004), pp. 30–86 * ^ Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction By Lawrence Boadt, Richard J. Clifford, Daniel J. Harrington Paulist Press 2012 * ^ Ska (2006), pp. 169, 217–18 * ^ Van Seters (2004) pp. 113–14 * ^ Whybray (2001), p. 39 * ^ A B Ska (2006), p. 169 * ^ Clines (1997), p. 30 * ^ A B Hamilton (1990), p. 50 * ^ John J Collins (2007), A short introduction to the Hebrew Bible, Fortress Press, p. 47 * ^ Brueggemann (2002), p. 61 * ^ Brueggemann (2002), p. 78 * ^ McKeown (2008), p. 4 * ^ Wenham (2003), p. 34 * ^ Hamilton (1990), pp. 38–39 * ^ Hendel, R. S. (1992). Genesis, Book
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of. In D. N. Freedman (Ed.), The Anchor Yale Bible
Bible
Dictionary (Vol. 2, p. 935). New York: Doubleday * ^ A B Kugler, Hartin (2009), p.9 * ^ Nebe, Gottfried (2002), Creation in Paul\'s Theology. In Hoffman, Yair; Reventlow, Henning Graf. "Creation in Jewish and Christian tradition", A Myers, Allen C. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Amsterdam University Press. ISBN 9780567372871 . * Armstrong, Karen . In the Beginning: A New Interpretation of Genesis. New York: Knopf, 1996. ISBN 0-679-45089-0 . * Blenkinsopp, Joseph (2011). Creation, Un-creation, Re-creation: A discursive commentary on Genesis 1–11. Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 9780567372871 . * Brueggemann, Walter . Genesis: Interpretation: A Bible
Bible
Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1986. ISBN 0-8042-3101-X . * Cotter, David W (2003). Genesis. Liturgical Press . ISBN 9780814650400 . * De La Torre, Miguel A . Genesis: Belief, A Theological Commentary on the Bible, Westminster John Knox Press, 2011. * Fretheim, Terence E. “The Book
Book
of Genesis.” In The New Interpreter's Bible. Edited by Leander E. Keck, vol. 1, pp. 319–674. Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1994. ISBN 0-687-27814-7 . * Hamilton, Victor P (1990). The book of Genesis: chapters 1–17. Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802825216 . * Hamilton, Victor P (1995). The book of Genesis: chapters 18–50. Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802823090 . * Hirsch, Samson Raphael . The Pentateuch: Genesis. Translated by Isaac
Isaac
Levy. Judaica Press, 2nd edition 1999. ISBN 0-910818-12-6 . Originally published as Der Pentateuch
Pentateuch
uebersetzt und erklaert Frankfurt, 1867–1878. * Kass, Leon R. The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis. New York: Free Press, 2003. ISBN 0-7432-4299-8 . * Kessler, Martin; Deurloo, Karel Adriaan (2004). A commentary on Genesis: the book of beginnings. Paulist Press. ISBN 9780809142057 . * McKeown, James (2008). Genesis. Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802827050 . * Plaut, Gunther . The Torah: A Modern Commentary (1981), ISBN 0-8074-0055-6 * Rogerson, John William (1991). Genesis 1–11. T&T Clark. ISBN 9780567083388 . * Sacks, Robert D (1990). A Commentary on the Book
Book
of Genesis. Edwin Mellen. * Sarna, Nahum M. The JPS Torah
Torah
Commentary: Genesis: The Traditional Hebrew Text with the New JPS Translation. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society, 1989. ISBN 0-8276-0326-6 . * Speiser, E.A. Genesis: Introduction, Translation, and Notes. New York: Anchor Bible
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Commentary. Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802837110 . * Whybray, R.N (2001). "Genesis". In John Barton. Oxford Bible Commentary. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198755005 .

GENERAL

* Bandstra, Barry L (2004). Reading the Old Testament: an introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Wadsworth. ISBN 9780495391050 . * Blenkinsopp, Joseph (2004). Treasures old and new: essays in the theology of the Pentateuch. Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802826794 . * Brueggemann, Walter (2002). Reverberations of faith: a theological handbook of Old Testament
Old Testament
themes. Westminster John Knox. ISBN 9780664222314 . * Campbell, Antony F; O'Brien, Mark A (1993). Sources of the Pentateuch: texts, introductions, annotations. Fortress Press. ISBN 9781451413670 . * Carr, David M (1996). Reading the fractures of Genesis. Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 9780664220716 . * Clines, David A (1997). The theme of the Pentateuch. Sheffield Academic Press. ISBN 9780567431967 . * Davies, G.I (1998). "Introduction to the Pentateuch". In John Barton. Oxford Bible
Bible
Commentary. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198755005 . * Gooder, Paula (2000). The Pentateuch: a story of beginnings. T&T Clark. ISBN 9780567084187 . * Hendel, Ronald (2012). The Book
Book
of "Genesis": A Biography (Lives of Great Religious Books). Princeton University Press . ISBN 9780691140124 . * Kugler, Robert; Hartin, Patrick (2009). The Old Testament
Old Testament
between theology and history: a critical survey. Eerdmans. ISBN 9780802846365 . * Levin, Christoph L (2005). The Old testament: a brief introduction. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691113944 . * Longman, Tremper (2005). How to read Genesis. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 9780830875603 . * McEntire, Mark (2008). Struggling with God: An Introduction to the Pentateuch. Mercer University Press. ISBN 9780881461015 . * Newman, Murray L. (1999). Genesis (PDF). Forward Movement Publications, Cincinnati, OH. * Ska, Jean-Louis (2006). Introduction to reading the Pentateuch. Eisenbrauns. ISBN 9781575061221 . * Van Seters, John (1992). Prologue to History: The Yahwist As Historian in Genesis. Westminster John Knox Press. * Van Seters, John (1998). "The Pentateuch". In Steven L. McKenzie, Matt Patrick Graham. The Hebrew Bible
Hebrew Bible
today: an introduction to critical issues. Westminster John Knox Press. ISBN 9780664256524 . * Van Seters, John (2004). The Pentateuch: a social-science commentary. Continuum International Publishing Group. ISBN 9780567080882 . * Walsh, Jerome T (2001). Style and structure in Biblical Hebrew narrative. Liturgical Press. ISBN 9780814658970 .

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