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Paradise to Prison Hardcover – 1980


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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Baker Book House (1980)
  • ASIN: B0041WA1LQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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I look forward to seeing what the book has to offer me in my education.
Rachael Leigh
Its evenhandedness, reverence, pastoral concern and occasional humor make it a pleasure to read.
Tim Williams
Great Genesis commentary that is easy to read with detailed historical background.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gregory D. Harper on November 29, 2012
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Paradise to Prison: Studies in Genesis, by John J. Davis, is a conservative commentary/textbook on all 50 chapters of the book (some commentaries divide Genesis). Included are several gray scale pictures, maps, tables, charts, a list of illustrations, bibliography, a persons and places index, and an index of Scripture references. It is written for the undergraduate level classroom, yet it is readable enough for serious laymen to pick up and understand with little or no difficulty. The author occasionally demonstrates the use of Hebrew words, but an English-only reader is not at a disadvantage. The book is broken down into eighteen chapters, corresponding to the natural breaks between narratives, except for chapter 3, which addresses the debate over days or ages in Genesis 1:5. It flows chronologically in an outline form (not to be confused with the outline of the Book of Genesis on pages 33-6). Unlike more scholarly commentaries, Paradise to Prison does not include Scripture passages with exegesis, for which it loses just a few quality points; however, it is not nearly as bulky (only 384 pages). This commentary is a little different in that Davis' archaeological expertise comes to the fore, as he has done graduate study at the Near East School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, post-doctoral study at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and participated in 13 archaeological expeditions to Jordan and Israel as a senior staff member.

Summary: I used the book for a 400 level Bible course and got a lot out of it. I still have it, and still use it. I got the book secondhand, well used, and it is still holding up after a lot of wear. It's durable for a paperback. I would recommend it to my well-read friends, pastors, and people who love studying the Bible.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Reynolds on November 30, 2011
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This is a compelling look at the narrative of the book of Genesis beginning with Adam and Eve in the Garden and ending with Joseph post-prison days. The author has an engaging and scholarly way of approaching the text from a conservative Protestant viewpoint.
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By Tim Williams on November 11, 2014
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Conservative theologians are often stereotyped as relatively uneducated and narrow. In “Paradise to Prison”, John J. Davis reveals an impressive breadth in his scholarship. The bibliography and the helpful textual references to relevant ancient literature, geographical features and archaeological findings confirm this. Another stereotype is that conservative theologians are unduly harsh and unfair. In this volume, Professor Davis exhibits an irenic approach to differing opinions and a simultaneous avoidance of undue attachment to faddish or eccentric views. “Paradise to Prison” also busts another stereotype about scholars not being able to be understood. Its evenhandedness, reverence, pastoral concern and occasional humor make it a pleasure to read. One of my favorite things is its successful attempt to show that “no other piece of ancient Near Eastern literature that has survived the ravages of time compares favorably with the Book of Genesis. Its theological perspectives and historical profiles of early man are unique.”
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By Shanna on June 14, 2013
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This was a very good book. Davis offers more than his own opinion and will contrast ideas to find the most logical conclusion. He is careful to check each hypothesis so see if it conflict with the Bible. This was a required textbook for one of my classes, but I thoroughly enjoyed this required reading.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RevK on January 23, 2012
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An excellent book which describes the story of Joseph in a masterful way. Great presentation of the Bibical story of Joseph in an intellectual artful manner. Must read for any student of the Bible. Great read.
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