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About the Author

Gerhard von Rad was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Heidelberg in Germany until his death in 1971. He is the author of several books, including Wisdom in Israel and Holy War in Ancient Israel.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; Revised ed. edition (May 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664227457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664227456
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Golden on August 6, 2007
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This is a classic commentary by one the true giants of modern biblical/theological thought. Utilizes both literary and form criticism to provide a commentary that is both historical AND theological. von Rad treats Genesis as one vast cohesive unit in the far larger Old Testament witness. He examines all 50 chapters line by line, often word by word. Profound scholarship and ease of style are combined. This book is relatively easy to comprehend thanks to this style. Still, this is rigorous, exacting biblical study, not for the casual bible student!
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This book is not for people who want to hear how inerrant the Old Testament is. Rather it is a fine example of what true Theological examination looks like. Gerhard von Rad takes Genesis and dissects it into fine details. Rarely does von Rad overlook a single detail. Taking into account language, history, and literary device, von Rad deals with Genesis in a way that will open up the stories into a new light, revealing pictures you've never even noticed before. Theist and atheist alike will find this commentary very insightful and useful in their study of Genesis.
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This book is an excellent resource for pastors. It is a commentary after the tradition of german higher criticism. I am an orthodox reformed pastor who does not submit to the presuppositions of higher criticism. However, using such a commentary allows me to gain insight into language and cultural issues of the text that might not otherwise come to my attention. Pastors and lay people without training in the origional biblical languages and intricacies of higher criticism should take great caution in utilizing a resource such as Genesis: A Commentary. Others with proper training will appreciate and benefit from Von Rad's excellent work.
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Phenominal book and s standard in studies of Genesis.
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