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From Creation to Babel


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1. The Background of the Genesis 1 Creation Narrative 2. Problems in the Interpretation of the Garden of Eden Story 3. Cain and the Kenites 4. The Sons of God and Daughters of Men and the Giants: Disputed Questions in the Interpretation of Genesis 6.1-4 5. The Flood and the Ten Antediluvian Figures in Berossus and in the Priestly Source in Genesis 6. The relation of the Genesis Flood Narrative to other ancient Near Eastern Flood Accounts 7. Rooms or Reeds in Noah's Ark (Genesis 6.14)? 8. Why does God 'Establish' rather than 'Cut' Covenants in the Priestly Source in Genesis? 9. Noah's Drunkenness, the Curse of Canaan, Ham's Crime, and the Blessing of Shem and Japheth (Genesis 9.18-27) 10. The Location of Tarshish (Genesis 10.4) 11. The Tower and City of Babel Story: Problems of Interpretation and Background

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In this collection of essays, John Day attempts to provide definitive solutions to various questions surrounding the meaning of the stories of Genesis 1-11.

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John Day is Professor of Old Testament Studies at the University of Oxford, and Fellow & Tutor of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He has written or edited numerous books and articles, and in 2014 is President of the Society for Old Testament Study.


The strength of the books lies ... namely in those parts that help to illuminate the difficulties of the Hebrew text using comparative Semitic philology. This minute attention to detail is more than useful. -- Anselm C. Hagedorn, Humboldt-Universitat zu Berlin * Journal of Theological Studies *
The essays painstakingly work through detailed arguments on each of the issues covered and lead generally to careful and balanced conclusions ...These are very readable and informative essays which whet the appetite for the forthcoming commentary. * Modern Believing *

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