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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC (September 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1162964340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1162964348
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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From the Back Cover

First published in 1901, The Legends of Genesis is a scholarly investigation of the books of Genesis as a product of humanity before historical records were considered important and kept for posterity. Some of the stories found within the book of Genesis are legends, telling the tale of particular people in a poetic form separate from history, reporting the literal truth but capturing the essence of an event.

This book takes a critical look at Genesis as literature and aims to teach its readers how dissect one of the world's most influential pieces of writing. Biblical scholars and students of literature will find this an informative and enlightening read. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

German Old Testament researcher HERMANN GUNKEL (1862-1932) was a member of the History of Religion School, a group of scholars dedicated to studying the origins of Christianity. His most famous books include The History of Religion and the Old Testament (1910) and An Introduction to the Psalms (1910). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This made for an interesting read, although the transition to eBook didn't go 100% smoothly. There are some spelling errors and places where it appears that an OCR software didn't recognize characters. There are also places where the translation from the original German to English is a bit awkward.

Technical problems aside, the book was pretty good.

Legends of Genesis holds true to its title and does lead the reader through a process of interpreting Genesis as a collection of legends and explaining the value of the book in this light. Genesis has lost a lot of its value to modern readers, because our view of it has been altered by the Enlightenment and our equating legends or mythology with being 'untrue'.

Later, it assumes that the reader is familiar with the authorship and redactors of the Bible, pointing to examples where each writing style or agenda to the redactor is in the text of Genesis. If you don't have a passing familiarity with J, E, etc, you might get lost.

There are references in the book to other authors, their comments and their works. It seems this was originally published as part of a larger work and in refutation of other scholarly commentary that was going on at the time. If you don't mind that it reads like a textbook and that it references other works without quoting them, there is much to be found here.

Lastly, I am an unbeliever with an academic interest in the Bible and religion. If you're a believer, this book may reveal more than you're comfortable knowing.
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