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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Conciliar Press; 1st edition (June 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1888212969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1888212969
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #536,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Greek and Latin Fathers of the Church found the revelation of creation, the fall, and the covenantal promises in Genesis immensely enlightening. Evil and sin were not due to human nature but to a prideful flight from the offer of friendship with the Transcendent God who created the universe and, even after the fall promises a redemptive Messiah. Patrick Henry Reardon's commentary conveys central aspects of this enlightenment, showing that is as relevant today as it has ever been down the millennia. --Rev. Dr. Matthew L Lamb, Chairman of the Department of Theology at Ave Maria University, Florida

In Christian catechism the questions begin with inquiries about who is God? The next questions ponder who is Man and for what was he created? It is in Genesis where we Orthodox Christians find the answers to these universal questions. Archpriest Patrick Henry Reardon has given us a new map to find the time tested answers that are part of the treasury of the rich Tradition of the Orthodox Church. This trenchant commentary is indeed a new gem to be added to the library of those who love Holy Scripture. --The Very Rev. Dr. Chad Hatfield, Chancellor of St. Vladimir s Seminary, NY

Genesis needs to be freed from some broad cultural assumptions that color our reading of it argues Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon in Creation and the Patriarchal Histories. We must unshackle Genesis from the strictures of philosophical materialism (evolutionary theory and its flip-side: scientific creationism), and rediscover its literary character to discern its deep theological penetration into the nature of the creation. All too often Genesis is read as an apologetic tract or dismissed as 'unscientific.' Both conclusions miss the point. Genesis, Fr. Reardon teaches, reveals that the creation is logo-centric -- it was created by the Word of God, and it is held together by the Word of God's power. The word of Scripture, then, is primarily a literary text, not history (itself a narrative) or a scientific tract. Only by first approaching Genesis as literature can the theological content of the book (which Fr. Reardon provides in this commentary) be properly discerned, and only then will Genesis' rightful place as the foundational narrative of Christian culture and civilization be restored. And serious student of scripture and culture will benefit from reading the book. --Fr. Hans Jacobse, editor of OrthodoxyToday.org

About the Author

Patrick Henry Reardon is the pastor of All Saints Orthodox Church in Chicago, Illinois, and a senior editor at Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity. He was educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (KY), St. Anselm's College (Rome), The Pontifical Biblical Institute (Rome), the University of Liverpool (England), and St. Tikhon's Orthodox Seminary (PA).

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Gunia VINE VOICE on December 2, 2008
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I had the great pleasure of hearing Patrick Henry Reardon give a presentation to lay-Christians on prayer, the Psalms, and the importance of a Christocentric devotional life. After listening to his presentation, the depth of his wisdom, and his strong devotion to a life of Scripture and prayer, I decided to purchase his reflections on the book of Genesis.

I am not disappointed. In this brief devotional book, Reardon goes through the book of Genesis, chapter-by-chapter, and provides the reader with deep devotional thoughts on each. At times, he provides thoughts on the chapter as a whole and its place within the Genesis narrative. At other times, Reardon limits himself to only a small section of the chapter. At other times still, Reardon's focus is on later persons' use of the material (e.g. the Israelites at the time of the Exodus or the Church).

Throughout, Reardon is highly engaging. He treats each Biblical individual as an old friend with whom he is intimately acquainted, and not as a cold, distant person with an unpronounceable name about whom we know nothing. The narrative of the text is artistic and contemplative as Reardon talks up to the reader, treating him as a beloved friend. Also (and most importantly), throughout this work, Reardon keeps Christ at the center of his thought; from reflections on the Fall to the Flood to the many genealogies to Melchizedek to Judah to Joseph, Christ is always at the first consideration.

It should be noted that the text of Genesis is not reprinted in this book. While there may be an annoyance for the reader in having to use two books at once, this slight inconvenience is well-worth the effort.

This book is recommended most highly; please journey through Genesis with this wise and faithful guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DKH on January 21, 2010
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Patrick Henry Reardon addresses each chapter of Genesis with deep reflection. Since Orthodox tradition sees everything in scripture reflecting something of Jesus and Christology (that is what I understood from his introduction, anyway), deep, soul-changing thoughts engage us as we read this book. He doesn't embroil himself, for example, in the debate between a literal vs. evolutionary understanding of creation. Instead, he looks at what nuances are told which reveal something more about Christ or man or the relationship between God and man. I'm not Orthodox, yet I am so enriched by reading this perspective. I'd recommend this and probably others by Reardon for those wishing to stretch themselves in new ways. Biblically sound, yet offering fresh insights -- as old as Wisdom itself.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on August 10, 2008
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The Book of Genesis is a story all Christians know. "Creation and Patriarchal Histories" is a closer examination of the first book of the Holy Bible, and how it reflects onto Christianity as a whole. Drawing upon the scholarship of Orthodox Christian leaders to discuss and educate readers on the history of creation, "Creation and the Patriarchal Histories" breaks down the story into segments. Covering the earliest creation, and the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and other legendary biblical patriarchs, "Creation and the Patriarchal Histories" is a must for anyone who wants to truly understand the early Old Testament.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Roadrunner on August 29, 2008
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Excellent overview with specific points that bring unity to the whole of the law and the prophets. Short book, but much to meditate on. Pithy.
I would recommend this book to non-Orthodox as well as Orthodox. The writing is easy to understand and would be an excellent compliment to personal bible study, as well as providing fresh words for any evangelical pastor's next sermon on Genesis.
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