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From Noah to Abraham (Pt. 2) [Hardcover]

By Umberto Cassuto (Author)
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From Noah to Abraham, is the second in a series of comprehensive commentaries on the Book of Genesis that the late Professor Umberto Cassuto had planned as part of a magnum opus embracing the whole Pentateuch and also the Book of Psalms. The present work is rich in original insights and scholarly illuminations that make it an invaluable guide to the Bible student be he an erudite scholar or just a well-read lay enquirer irrespective of the opinions he holds with regard to the Higher Critical doctrines.

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Studio: The Hebrew University Magnes Press
Pages   400
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.5" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.2"
Weight:   1.85 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1964
Publisher   Eisenbrauns
ISBN  9652235407  
ISBN13  9789652235404  

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Sublime  Jul 11, 2006
Cassuto's commentary on Genesis is divided into two volumes. The first volume, Part 1, is devoted to the sections from the Creation up to Noah, and this volume, part 2, is devoted to the sections from Noah up to Abraham. The title of this edition suggests that it does not include some of Cassuto's commentary on Abraham, which is included in the edition I have. The commentary is clearly set forth, and Cassuto writes very gracefully. Tragically, the commentary was not completed.
Cassuto explains the original meaning of Genesis by exploring the literary and archaeological evidence from the ancient near east. This evidence reveals the world and conceptions of its ancient audience in terms of which they would have interpreted the text.
He compares and contrasts Genesis with the other literature of the ancient near east. The creation and flood traditions belonging to Israel and her neighbours are both similar and significantly different; Genesis introduces profound and original theological concepts in a literary form and tradition with which the ancient audience would have been familiar.
Cassuto shows the beauty and unity of Genesis by revealing its careful literary arrangement and patterns. His talent for recognising these patterns is very impressive and unique.
Cassuto sensitively engages both with classical Jewish commentators and more modern biblical critics. He defends his interpretations with an acute analysis of the text and simple commonsense. His breadth of knowledge and depth of insight is breathtaking.
Cassuto devastates the documentary hypothesis according to which the text is edited from four independent source documents. He explains the evidence that is supposed to support the documentary hypothesis in a far more plausible way than does the hypothesis. He also devastates the documentary hypothesis at book-length in his "The Documentary Hypothesis and the Composition of the Pentateuch: Eight Lectures", which I strongly recommend.
However, he does not adopt the traditional religious view of the composition of text, and while he is Jewish, his interpretations sometimes differ from the orthodox understanding of the text. But I think that Cassuto's commentaries give us a peak at a genius infinitely more sublime than what he suggest.
Cassuto's commentaries were written some time ago, and there have since been archaeological discoveries that broaden the understanding of the text that Cassuto tried to develop. For a recent exploration of the archaeology and literature of the ancient near east relevant to the Hebrew Bible generally, I strongly recommend Kenneth Kitchen's "On the Reliability of the Old Testament".
Debunking the Documentary Hypothesis with Solid Exegesis  Jun 14, 2000
This is a must read for theologians and laypersons alike. Cassuto is a master at applying his mastery of ancient Hebrew and its cognate languages to arrive at sound exegetical conclusions which firmly place the narrative within the realm of human history. Moreover his insights framing the cultural and anthropological context of the events which formed the foundation of God's interaction with humankind allow the reader to not only relive but apply these timeless messages to their own relationship with God.

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