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Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary Paperback – September 1, 2005
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There have always been questions and disagreements as to the correct understanding of these texts, and, for the last two centuries, questions and disagreements as to the sources and motives involved in the texts. For Collins, all of these issues, as they relate to the chapters being studied, are scrutinized. After explaining why we must reject the expositional assertions of some readers and scholars--that these texts not be viewed through the lenses of subsequent ancient writers, Collins examines the "allusions, echoes, and reverberations" relating to these texts that we find in later Old Testament, inter-testamental, and New Testament writings.Read more ›
These are followed by chapters on Sources, Unity & Authorship (in which he discusses the arguments for the Documentary Hypothesis, then gives his reasons for concluding that Moses is the primary author), The Communicative Purpose, questions of history & science, and appropriating Genesis 1-4 today.
He even explains why he chose to include Genesis 4 in this book about "The Beginning." I found Genesis 1-4 to be a well-documented, well-reasoned study that is eminently suitable for a layman like myself.
Collins writes about the Biblical text from what is called a discourse-literary approach, which he judges to be his most important contribution to this first section of the Bible. He wants to show how the ancient languages and literature apply to not only us today, but especially to their first audience, how it fits within the whole of the Bible's canon and what its theological point is. In a sense, he writes and explains the Genesis 1-4 as a story, told to a particular people, with certain language markers that would have mattered greatly to them. This book would fall under the category of Biblical rather than Systematic theology, regarding the text.
It is absolutely essential for the reader to grasp the first section of the book, where Collins explains why and how understanding the literary nature of the text matters. Collins does spend about 200 pages specifically interpreting the text of the four chapters, which makes up the middle section of the book.Read more ›
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I read this book as part of my research for my "One Verse Podcast."
However you understand Genesis 1-4, C. Read more
Some good insights into the biblical text. His focus on intent of author and trying to determine what the text meant to its original intended audience is helpful. Read morePublished 11 months ago by amanuensis
This is an excellent work, thorough, insightful, relevant and I believe an honest exegesis of the text.Published 12 months ago by Tim Dubber
This book is a great tool for pastors lay people and also theologians. It is very well organized and instructive.Published 14 months ago by Jesus Duran
John Collins, High View of Scripture yes. Holds to Infallibility? No. I'm reviewing part of this book because there's more to come. Read morePublished 18 months ago by j
John Collins has offered an intelligent commentary on Genesis which takes us another step in the right direction toward understanding the literary conventions of Hebrew... Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by John H. Horst
C. John Collins provides one of the best ever looks into the linguistic, cultural, structural, thematic, and historical studies of our time. Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Lauren V.