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Genesis (Berit Olam series) [Hardcover]

By David W. Cotter (Editor), Jerome T. Walsh (Editor) & Chris Franke (Editor)
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The central thesis underlying this study of Genesis is that the God who is revealed as a character in Genesis is always a savior. In Genesis, David Cotter, O.S.B., helps readers discern a structure in the book whereby the least and the weakest are the object of God's saving help. Genesis begins with an introduction to the methodology that is used throughout the book. The introductory essay deals with the theory of Hebrew narrative and the challenges posed to biblical exegesis by contemporary literary theory. The theme of the commentary itself is that the God who is revealed as a character in Genesis is always a savior. This is true in the Stories About Beginnings (Genesis 1-11) and the Stories About the Troubled Family Chosen for Blessing (Genesis 12-50). The Egyptian slave Hagar, not Abraham, is read as the central figure of the family's first generation and Tamar, the cast-off daughter-in-law as the moral center of the fourth generation. God is savior above all for those whose need is greatest.

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The central thesis underlying this study of Genesis is that the God who is revealed as a character in Genesis is always a savior. In Genesis, David Cotter, OSB, helps readers discern a structure in the book whereby the least and the weakest are the object of God's saving help.

"Genesis" begins with an introduction to the methodology that is used throughout the book. The introductory essay deals with the theory of Hebrew narrative and the challenges posed to biblical exegesis by contemporary literary theory.

The theme of the commentary itself is that the God who is revealed as a character in Genesis is always a savior. This is true in the Stories About Beginnings (Genesis 1-11) and the Stories About the Troubled Family Chosen for Blessing (Genesis 12-50). The Egyptian slave Hagar, not Abraham, is read as the central figure of the family's first generation and Tamar, the cast-off daughter-in-law as the moral center of the fourth generation. God is savior above al for those whose need is greatest.

Chapters in "Part One - Stories About Beginnings: Genesis 1-1"1 are The Story of the Creation of al That Is: Genesis1:1-2:3," *The Story of the Creation of Man and Woman, the Paradise in Which They Lived and Which They Chose to Lose. And the Sin That Ensued: Genesis 2-3:4, - *The Story of the Great Flood and the Covenant that Ensued: Genesis 6-9, - and *The Story about Babel: Genesis 11:1-9. -

Chapters in "Part Two - Stories About the Troubled Family Chosen for Blessing: Genesis 12-50" are *In the Time of the First Generation: Genesis 12-25, - *In the Time of the Second Generation: Genesis 25-28, - *In the Time of the Third Generation: Genesis 28-36, - and *In the Time of the Fourth Generation: Genesis 37-50. -

"David W. Cotter, OSB, STD, is general editor of the "Berit Olam: Studies in Hebrew Narrative and Poetry" series, published by The Liturgical Press.""

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Genesis (Berit Olam series) by David W. Cotter, Jerome T. Walsh & Chris Franke has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Library Journal - 03/15/2003 page 88


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Studio: Michael Glazier Books
Pages   366
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.42"
Weight:   1.67 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2003
Publisher   Michael Glazier Books
Edition  New  
Series  Berit Olam  
ISBN  0814650406  
ISBN13  9780814650400  


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  1. Society of Biblical Literature Dissertation Series; 124


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Required commentary  Mar 21, 2005
This is a great commentary because it takes seriously the literary construction of the Bible. It is not dissecting interspersed verses but rather considering the story as a whole in order to aid our interpretation. It provides very good insights that can easily be lost when we split up the Bible into little pieces. Cotter provides the reader with the context surrounding the Bible and I also found very helpful the sections he included on how some Rabbis and Early Church Christians have interpreted certain passages.
 
Literary Criticism in the Service of Liberation  May 26, 2003
While I as a liberation theologian am not usually enthusiastic about literary criticism, Cotter employs it in the service of liberation in this commentary. In the capsule summary of the book in the Eisenbraun's catalog, they state that he traces God's favoritism towards the oppressed throughout the narratives, and indeed this is one of the main foci of the commentary. He starts right out, in page xxv of the Introduction, letting us know that he feels that Israel relates to God in the OT as "One who freely intervenes in history in order to save those in need." Once we realize that this is the motivation for God's actions, we can discern the reasons for his interventions in the narratives of Genesis. For example, in what are usually called the "Patriarchal" narratives of chapters 12-50, Cotter (correctly so, I believe) perceives that the focus of these stories is really on the oppressor/oppressed pairings of the women and children--Hagar and Sarah, Ishmael and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, and Rachel and Leah. As he says on page 87: "These chapters then, when read from this perspective, teach us what is central to God's way of being in the world . . . salvation--creating a place for Hagar, the alien, the homeless woman--for central to God's way of being in the world is justice." And again on 137: "always at the heart of who God is and of the way God relates to the world is justice, care of the foreigner, the orphan, and the widow. So, central to every story in which God is a character are Hagar and Ishmael, or someone like them."
These important connotations of words that are so frequently utilized by Christians such as salvation and justice are sorely needed in these days of abundance of superficial, self-centered Christianity. By reading, learning and incorporating Cotter's work we can gain a fuller appreciation of the meaning of these and other theological words in terms of God's orientation towards those on the margins of society, the voiceless, ostracized, and victimized. We learn that God intervenes in history on their behalf. The implication would be that those who claim to love and follow that same God need to work on behalf of justice for these same oppressed.
 

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